Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has said the State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA) is in dire need of special attention to enable it meet the challenges militating against control of HIV/AIDS at the grassroots.
Masari stated this when he inaugurated a 28-man high powered board of SACA in Katsina under his leadership with the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS), Mustapha Inuwa, as the board’s scribe.
He said: “This is a very special agency which is doing a specialized job and something that is humanitarian in nature and something that requires dedication and commitment because of its specialty and peculiarity. That is why you see the agency’s board has 28 members, out of which only nine are not institutional members.
“The issue of HIV/AIDS is something that should be of great concern to all. This is something that is eating and creeping into our local communities without people taking notice. And we saw cases where children who were not born with it, have acquired it through blood transfusion in some local clinics that do not have necessary test kits to make sure that the blood given has been screened to have no cases of diseases of that nature.
“I think the board should not only go beyond medication but also should be serious about community sensitization. I would have loved a situation where we should have included religious and community leaders into the board because what we have seen from experience from those young men and women that go out of the state down to other parts of the country looking for jobs, especially during dry season.
“We are having reports of most of them coming back infested and coming home with two to three wives infested and the chain at the local level is really alarming.