Kaduna State Director of the National Orientation Agency, Zubairu Galadima-Soba has urged the media to help in shaping the attitude of Nigerians towards sustaining efforts to bring the scourge of HIV/AIDS to barest level in the country.
The director made the appeal on Thursday in Zaria, Kaduna State at a meeting of media chief executives in the state on Preventing Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, and among Adolescents and Young Persons.
The meeting was organised by NOA with support from UNICEF.
“I appeal to the media to sustain current efforts and open new vista to ensure that the transmission of HIV/AIDS is brought to tolerable levels or even wiped out.
“NOA believes that shaping the attitude of Nigerians is important in achieving the set goals of addressing HIV/AIDS in the country,’’ he said.
Galadima-Soba noted that the issue of health remain critical to the progress of individuals, society and the country, as such the media ought not only set the agenda, but also ensure that all stakeholders including individuals “perform their bit without prompting.’’
He commended the contributions of the various media houses in Kaduna state in the campaign to encourage communities’ access health care services and especially in sensitising adolescents and young persons’ to avoid risky sexual behaviours to insulate themselves from contracting the disease.
In a goodwill message, a HIV Specialist with UNICEF, Dr Idris Baba appreciated the partnership between his organisation and the media, saying it had helped to scale up awareness on health issues which had generated successes.