GOVERNOR WIKE COMMENDS UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FOR PARTNERING WITH RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has commended the United States Government for working with the State Government to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the State.
Also, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Stuart Symington said that the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) administered by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is implementing an Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) surge program in Rivers state to identify and provide treatment to approximately 180,000 PLHIV who have not previously received such.
The two leaders spoke at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday during a high profile meeting on the promotion of the health of Rivers people.
Governor Wike said: "I want to thank the Government of the United States for working with the Rivers State Government to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS.
"I thank the United States Government for recognising the contributions of the Rivers State Government in the fight against HIV/AIDS ".
Governor Wike assured the United States Government that his administration will continue to fund programmes that will reduce the prevalence of the healthcare challenge.
"We will continue to work for the reduction of HIV/AIDS in the state. We are glad that we are partners with the US Government. For us, health is key. Education is key. With Education, you can talk to people on measures to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.