Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has said that scale up of adolescent health information was necessary for successful AIDS control and prevention in the country.
Mrs Buhari stated this yesterday at the China/Africa AIDS Prevention and Control Conference, organised by the First Lady of the Peoples’ Republic of China, Professor Peng Liyuan on the Sidelines of the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing, China.
In a statement signed by Suleiman Haruna, SA Media to Mrs. Buhari, the wife of the president lamented the prevalence of HIV in Nigeria and other African countries.
“It is undisputable fact that HIV continues to be a major global public health issue and it is painful to note that adolescent and young people are among the high risk and vulnerable groups,” describing them as representing the future productive group of any society.
She charged stakeholders to take extraordinary measures to mitigate the contextual drivers of this epidemic among this special group if the dream of ending AIDS by 2030 is to be achieved.
Mrs Buhari commended the idea of a joint action plan between relevant stakeholders in China and Africa in the process of combating the menace of HIV/AIDS.
In her remarks, Professor Peng Liyuan, said the conference was another step forward in China – Africa relations, which creates historic opportunities for health cooperation, and called on African countries to work with China in the fight against AIDS, deepen cooperation and continue to contribute to the health and well-being of their peoples.
Professor Liyuan promised that starting from 2019, China would work with African countries and relevant international organizations on a three – year programme for adolescent preventive and community health programmes to raise awareness and help countries move towards the Sustainable Development Goal of ending HIV/AIDS by 2030.
She commended the African countries for their massive and effective campaigns which have seen a rise in the number of patients receiving Anti-Retroviral treatment, lower death rates, and declining number of children with HIV/AIDS.
“Many of you made tremendous effort to make this happen. I have nothing but admiration and respect for all of you,” she said to the first ladies.
The event was attended by First Ladies from 36 countries and the executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Michel Sidibe.