Great times are indeed ahead for people living with HIV/AIDS as the Lagos State Government has revealed it is supporting those of them in the state with equipment, training and grants to make them economically independent, bearing in mind the harsh economic climate occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency, Dr Monsurat Adeleke, the state would continue to accord priority attention to the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Adeleke who spoke during the presentation of sewing machines to some beneficiaries at the agency’s head office, observed that the empowerment scheme was a reflection of the inclusive philosophy of the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who doubles as chairman of the agency. 50 other beneficiaries, according to her, had been selected for four weeks of vocational training.
“It will be difficult to eradicate HIV/AIDS if the economic empowerment of our clients is not considered. It is realised that if one is hungry, there is the likelihood of embarking on risk-taking behaviour, therefore this empowerment initiative has become imperative.
“It also gladdens my heart to inform all our beneficiaries that one of our line ministries, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, has partnered LSACA to give free four weeks vocational training, as part of their contributions to mitigating the spread of HIV/AIDS in the state,” she added.to ensure that producers are mindful of maintaining acceptable products, qualities and standards for a safer and secure populace,” he said.