Nigerian leader meets with UNAID official over HIV/AIDS

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Acting President, Dr.
Goodluck Jonathan, said here Monda y that Nigeria was ready to partner and cooperate with relevant agencies with a v iew to stemming the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Speaking while receiving the Executive Director of United Nations Joint Programm e on HIV/AIDS (UNAID), Mr.
Michel Sidibe, and the US Global AIDS Coordinator, Am b assador Eric Goosby, in his office, Dr.
Jonathan said his government was concern e d about the HIV/AIDS scourge, particularly, the prevalence of mother to child tr a nsmission of the virus.
The Acting President emphasized the need to get the correct statistics on the di sease and to harness resources from Federal, States and donor agencies in the fi g ht against HIV/AIDS.
He expressed appreciation to both the UN and US for their contributions to the f ight against HIV/AIDS particularly in Africa and implored them not to rest on th e ir oars.
Earlier, Sidibe had canvassed for increased funding by African countries of the HIV/AIDS programmes, noting that 94 per cent of funds for such programmes still c ome from outside the continent.
He also requested that Nigeria should use its position to influence African Unio nâ?s Declaration on prevention of Mother to Child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
In addition, he said Nigeria and South Africa should collaborate to put up a pre ventive message on HIV/AIDS during the 2010 World Cup.
Also speaking, Ambassador Goosby said the US remained committed to Nigeria as a partner in the fight against HIV/AIDS, adding that his country held Nigeria in h i gh regard and would sustain its campaign programmes on the scourge.

22 february 2010 17:39:00

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