Over Five Billion Dollars has been invested in Nigeria by the United States (US) in the fight against HIV/AIDS disease battling with the welfare of victims.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington, disclosed this during an event organised by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Nigeria Programme, where 16 nominated individuals were honoured and given awards for their contributions to the control of HIV in Nigeria.
“PEPFAR is the U.S. government’s response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and represents the largest commitment in history, by any nation, to address a single disease,” Symington said.
He stressed that, through the leadership and generosity of the American government and people, together with the work of many partners, PEPFAR has saved millions of lives, averted millions of infections, and changed the course of the AIDS epidemic.
The envoy explained that the war against the disease cannot be fought by one institution or group of officials ‘tasked by the government,’ saying “people, not programmes solve problems and they only do it by working together.”
He said the prevalence of the disease poses a big threat, urging the Nigerian government to ensure that its citizens know their status for effective treatment options. The awardees are Professor Babatunde Olukayode Bamidele Osotimehin; Prof. John Idoko; Dr. Sani Aliyu; Mrs. Samuel, Grace Toni; Mr. Victor Olaore Omoshehin;
Also, Ms. Tobore Ovuorie; Dr. William Blattner; Ukam Reginald Assumpta; Dr. Patrick Olabiyi Matemilola; Mrs. Lucy Attah Enyia; Alban Anonyuo; MWO Musa Emmanuel (rtd); Major General Ogbonnaya Simon Njoku (rtd); Major-General Tahir Umar (rtd); Major-General Life Ajemba (rtd); and Brigadier-General Nurudeen Ayoola Hussain (rtd).