Minister against sacking of HIV/AIDS employees

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Labour Minister Musa Gwadabe has advised employers not to sack or discriminate against their workers suffering from HIV/AIDS.
In a message to the 44th annual General Meeting of the Nigeria Employers' Consultative Association (NECA) in Lagos, Gwadabe said infected workers should be given the necessary support, rather than be stigmatised or secluded from the scheme of things.
"Let us remind ourselves that HIV/AIDS sufferers remain our brothers and sisters who deserve support, not stigmatisation, seclusion or termination of their appointments," the minister said.
As HIV/AIDS infection spreads in Nigeria, with an estimated 2.
6 million infected people, out of a population of more than 110 million, there are indications that some employers may use the excuse as a basis to sack infected workers.
Recently, a private hospital based in Lagos fired one of its nurses, Georgina Ahamefuna, after she was found HIV positive in a test conducted on her by the hospital without her consent.
The issue of discrimination and stigmatisation dominated the presentation by People Living With AIDS (PLWA), during the recent Abuja Africa Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Infectious Diseases.

09 may 2001 14:49:00

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