Damaturu — Speaker of Yobe State House of Assembly, Adamu Dala Dogo, yesterday said that a law would soon be enacted to allow for the screening of prospective marriage couples to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Dogo, who made the disclosure while receiving people living with HIV/AIDs In his office in Damaturu, said the alarming spread of the virus in the state can only be reduced through tests before marriage.
He advised residents to carry out tests and commence the retroviral treatment as soon as they test positive.
The speaker noted that the disease is not as deadly as society assumes and pointed to high and low blood pressures as being more deadly.
He assured that all members of the House will soon pay advocacy visits to their respective constituencies to campaign against the spread of the virus as well as encourage people to undergo tests before marriage.
Earlier in his presentation, Chairman, Yobe State Network for People living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria NEPHWAN, Mallam Ali Baba Damaturu, warned that the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the state is on the increase. He said the intervention measures put in place by the state is ineffective and called on the law makers to assist in curtailing the spread.
The chairman also commended the proposed enactment of laws to screen couples before marriage and said it will go a long way in reducing the spread of the disease.
He lamented that stigmatisation and discrimination of those affected by the virus kills faster than the virus itself and called on law makers to assists in advocacy campaigns to stop the practice
Other problems affecting the people living with HIV/AIDS according to him include shortage of funds, office accommodation, among others.