By David Onilede
Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria has listed two main initiatives paramount in its agenda – inauguration of its N2 billion seven-floor twin tower constructing and the shifting HIV/AIDS marketing campaign to colleges.
The constructing located in Airport street in Abuja can be inaugurated within the first quarter of 2019.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Institute, Dr Patrick Dakum, stated the development of the constructing had reached the fourth ground.
He stated that the combat towards HIV/AIDS can be intensified, focusing on the colleges subsequent 12 months.
The CEO defined that the institute would work carefully with the college authorities and the scholars.
Dakum known as on the Nigerian youth to practise full abstinence from intercourse to keep away from getting contaminated with HIV.
He stated that the youth should be decided, resilient and empowered with information on what HIV and prevention is all about, to allow them to have focus and maintain their desires alive.
He additionally pressured that the youth had been the leaders of tomorrow and will guarantee an AIDS free nation, including that IHVN can be obtainable to mentor college students to attain an HIV free nation.
”Nigeria has made large effort within the combat towards HIV. We had been formally at 5.eight per cent however immediately it has decreased to 2.9 per cent, so we’ve achieved an amazing deal.
”We focused the colleges this 12 months and we’ll work carefully with the college authorities and the scholars,” he stated.
”Although there may be nonetheless a lot to be achieved, as a result of it’s the youth which can be turning into extra contaminated, so we want methods to assist them keep unfavourable and stop themselves from turning into constructive.
Dakum, subsequently, urged Nigerians to unfold the therapeutic massage of HIV throughout their neighbourhood as each particular person has a task to play within the combat towards the unfold and to cease stigmatisation.
He stated the institute had been partnering successfully with the Federal Government within the remedy of HIV/AIDS and different opportunistic infections.
Dakum stated the institute had been engaged within the remedy and administration of HIV/AIDS sufferers and different associated illnesses in 35 states and FCT.
“We have grow to be a companion with the Federal Government within the administration of infectious ailments all through the nation by offering assist and remedy for the management of infectious ailments,’’ he stated.
He defined the institute was established in 2004 with the assist of the Institute for Human Virology in Baltimore led by Professor Robert Gallow, who co-discovered the HIV virus.
Dakum stated that the IHVN had prolonged its scope from working for the prevention and remedy of HIV/AIDS remedy to the remedy of tuberculosis in addition to different allied ailments as cervical and breast most cancers.