In its bid to reduce HIV Epidemic in the state, Ondo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (ODSACA) has called on stakeholders to collectively win the fight against HIV/AIDS by the development of the new 5 year State Strategic Plan (2017-2021) with inputs from all relevant stakeholders which will serve as a guide addressing different thematic areas of the intervention. The secretary to the state government and chairman, ODSACA, Dr.Aderotimi Adelola stated this during a 5 day stakeholder workshop on the state HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan development process in Akure.
The chairman of ODSACA who was represented by the Project Manager, Dr. Adedayo Adegbulu applauded all stakeholders present for the SSP development workshop and informed all that experts have been drawn from Insight Consulting firm, University of Manitoba and NACA for the process. He implored all to contribute and focus on activities that will yield greater impact and desired results as we end AIDS in 2030.
The lead consultant from Insight Consulting Firm; Mrs. Azhee Akinrin said there is need to re-evaluate the HIV response from the old SSP while developing the new SSP to know what has been done so far, where we are lagging behind and what needs to be fixed at different thematic areas of the intervention to end the epidemic to zero level.
Corroborating her view, Dr. Giwa who gave technical assistance from National Agency for the Control of AIDS appreciated all stakeholders in the fight against HIV/AIDS and also urged all not to relent on their effort at all level as towards bringing the prevalence rate to zero level in the state. He said there is need for maximum contributions from stakeholders on different thematic areas to make the new SSP a great success.
Similarly, in her goodwill message, Miss Janet Halliday from the University of Manitoba enjoined stakeholders to impact meaningfully to the development of the new State Strategic Plan as we all fight HIV/AIDS together.