By Asmau Ahmad
The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has advised Nigerians to avoid all forms of risky behaviours that may predispose them to HIV and AIDS, especially during this festive season.
The Director-General of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu, gave the advice in a statement issued by Mrs. Toyin Aderibigbe, the agency’s Head of Relations and Protocol in Abuja.
Aliyu, who urged Muslims, in particular, to show love and care to people living with HIV/AIDS as they celebrate the annual Eid-el Kabir.
The director-general said that stigma and discrimination against people with the virus could increase infection as some may hide their status.
Dr Aliyu added that testing was key to the prevention of HIV/AIDS, calling on all to know their HIV status which was imperative in accessing treatment.
He urged Muslims to exercise caution as they celebrate Eid-el Kabir, also known as Festival of Sacrifice, “and remember to do a test to know your HIV status as it remains the gateway to HIV/AIDS care.
“Take advantage of the HIV self-testing kit to know your HIV status and remember to observe COVID-19 protocols.”
The DG used the occasion to call for a reflection on the important lessons of sacrifice, dedication, love, care and unity brought by Eid-el Kabir.