Last Updated: 2017-11-14
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ABUJA, Nov 14 (NNN-NAN) -- United States Ambassador to Nigeria Stuart Symington says Washington remains committed to helping Nigeria in its fight against HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

He was speaking at the opening of a two-day Nigeria HIV/AIDS Intervention symposium here Monday. The symposium, being held under the theme, “Partnering for sustainable HIV Epidemic Control in Nigeria”, is organized by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the auspices of the US Embassy.

The ambassador said HIV/AIDS had remained a burning issue which gives cause for concern and therefore the need for commitment to ensure that people affected are cured. “We have to address the issue to ensure people can be healthy and strong medically so that they can contribute their share to the cause of health care delivery," he added.

“If the people of Nigeria must succeed and if they must contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS, they need to hold all of us accountable. We as a people of the world are committed to making sure that people who are affected by the disease, one way or the other, are not left behind."

Nigerian Health Minister Professor Isaac Adewole expressed confidence that the outcome of the event would boost the fight against the disease. As a country it is important that Nigeria considers the management of HIV/AIDS holistically, given its prevalence, he added.

“I am confident this forum will provide great opportunity to have robust discussion regarding country ownership and sustainability of HIV/AIDS programmes and investment in Nigeria. Today’s meeting is important as it will feature presentations by implementing partners on controlling HIV/AIDS,” Adewole said. -- NNN-NAN