Nigerian state governor orders HIV test for top govt officials

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In an effort to demystify HIV/AIDS and encourage voluntary HIV tests, Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Nigeria's central Niger state has ordered compulsory HIV/AIDS test for his commissioners, special advisers and other top government functionaries, the local press reported Wednesday.
The Governor gave the order at the Christmas/Sallah celebration organised by the state for AIDS orphans in the state capital, Minna, Tuesday.
Before issuing the directive, Babangida had personally volunteered to be tested for the virus that causes AIDS.
He said the order was not aimed at embarrassing anyone, but to support the call on people to know their HIV status.
''For the past few years, I have been carrying out the test on annual basis.
I believe if we are sensitising the people on the need to know their HIV status, we need to live by example by acting what we preached,'' the Governor added.

26 december 2007 08:09:00




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