Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government announced Wednesday it had obtained a World Bank credit of US$225m fight new HIV infections in the country.
A Permanent Secretary in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Femi Olayisade, said the government would use the credit to increase access to counselling as well as utilisation of testing, care and support services.
Speaking at the inauguration of the government and World Bank-assisted Second HIV/AIDS Programme Development Project, in the capital city of Abuja, Mr. Olayisade said the government’s objective was to reduce mother-to-child transmission and target the most-at-risk persons that were responsible for new infections.
''The government will ensure that the level of social stigma attached to persons living with the virus or affected by the virus is reduced through sensitisation of our communities as well as enactment of appropriate laws and policies,'' he said.
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