Probe HIV Positive Woman’s Death – Rivers Group

Probe HIV Positive Woman’s Death – Rivers Group

Human rights group,  Social Action, has called for a probe of the death of a woman living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Mrs. Maureen Lucky, few days after she was allegedly evicted from a flood relief camp.

The group claimed that Lucky was evicted from the flood relief camp in Okwuzi, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area on the directive of the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Mr. Tele Ikuru.

The deceased was one of the people whose houses were submerged by floods in Ahoada East, Ahaoda West, Abua/Odual and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government areas of the state.

Speaking with newsmen on Thursday, the group’s Head of Communications, Vivian Bellonwu, said the late Lucky, a mother of three, was allegedly ejected from the relief camp on the orders of the deputy governor.

Bellonwu, explained that the group’s monitoring unit had in October gone to check the state of the relief camps in Rivers where they met Lucky and her two kid children.

He said the group had informed the deputy governor of the woman living with HIV in the camp.

The group’s head of communications added that she was surprised to hear that the woman was evicted by the deputy governor as a result of her status.

But the State Government, through a statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, said at no time did the state deputy governor ordered the eviction of any person in any of the camps.

She said, “No conditions were attached to admissions into the camps except that they should be displaced persons. No medical tests were carried out nor was the HIV status of residents considered necessary in allowing them into the camp, since neither HIV nor AIDS is a communicable disease.

“We find it unbecoming that rather than assist Lucky, Social Action’s philanthropy is geared towards grandstanding and making  a mockery of the unfortunate demise of the said victim.”

Bellonwu, however, said the group had petitioned the National Human Rights Commission and called on government to search for the woman’s children and take care of them.

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