Aparently worried by the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in some states, as well as the rating of the country as second in Africa with the prevalence of the virus, President Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday, summoned governors of some of the worse-hit states, to discuss strategies to halt the trend.
Governors at the meeting were Gabriel Suswam (Benue) and Peter Obi (Anambra), with Mukhtar Shagari, Olufunmilayo Olayinka, Nsima Ekere and Ignatius Longjan, deputy governors of Sokoto, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom and Plateau states respectively also in attendance.
Also at the meeting, which took place at the State House, Abuja, were the leadership of the National Action Committee (NACA), donor agencies and other stakeholders.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Governor Suswam said the president was worried about the social, economic and security implications of the disease, as well as the way forward.
Noting that the main challenge had to do with funding and the sexual behaviour of people, Suswam said the country’s present rating on the continent was capable of depleting its workforce.
Meanwhile, the fight against polio in the country has recorded a major breakthrough, as no new case of the disease has been reported in the country in the last two months.
The Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Ado Mohammed, said efforts had been intensified to achieve total eradication of polio in the country in the next two years.