By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
In commemoration of this year’s World HIV/AIDS Day, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) yesterday donated N3 million to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to assist the apex medical body in its quest to bring the dreaded killer disease and others under control.
The distribution company (DisCo) equally sensitised its employees on the HIV/AIDS disease urging them to spread the message across to prevent it.
The Managing Director, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya who announced this said the donation was meant to assist NMA buy an ambulance.
He noted that there were 1.8m new cases of the disease in 2016 and that the company is working to support everyone as people are being impacted by the disease.
“I would like to charge us all to be more aware of our status and to also spread the word as we jointly work together to curb this global menace,” Mupwaya charged the staff members.
Highlighting the impact of the disease, the AEDC boss earlier said 36.7m people were living with the disease globally in 2016 from which 19..5m were receiving the medication called Antiretroviral Therapy (ART).
He said: “The statistic of concern is that an estimated one million people died of AIDS-related diseases in 2016. Sub-saharan Africa, which bears the heaviest burden worldwide, accounts for about 64 per cent of all new HIV infections.”
A medical expert from Medical Assurance at the Sheraton Hotel, Dr. Moye Zainab Valentina at the event said 39m people have died since the disease was discovered in the 80s’.
She said Nigeria has the second prevalence rate after South Africa with 60 per cent of new cases occurring in 2015.
Dr. Moye called on the staff to get tested while urging support for patients just as they would do for people with diabetes and other illnesses.
Three out of 24 entries of the staff of AEDC clinched prizes for the in-house essay contest held to mark the global HIV/AIDS Day.