By Temitayo Peters
OrderPaperToday – Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade, on Tuesday said that no fewer than 470, 435 Lagos residents were affected with HIV virus.
Olulade, who is representing Epe Constituency II made this disclosure on the floor of the House while praying the House to support the people living with AIDs.
According to him, there is a need to unite efforts in fighting the deadly disease not only in the state but across the country.
“There is a need to show support to those living with AIDs, today gives us the opportunity to identify with the people living with AIDs.
“It is a serious issue that cannot be ignore or treated with levity, no fewer than 470, 435 people have HIV in Lagos State alone,” he said.
The lawmaker said that the figure was obtained from the Lagos State Aids Control Agency on Tuesday by the committee.
The chairman called the state government and all relevant agencies to support enlightenment programmes aimed at stemming the spread of the disease.
While lending his voice to the issue, Hon. Shola Giwa representing Lagos Island Constituency II, said,”the issue of the deadly disease is germane. HIV virus requires all hands be on deck to eradicate the spread.
“I urge Lagosians to know that HIV Aids is real, there is no cure for it, everyone should protect themselves”, Giwa said, adding that many living with the deadly virus did not contact it through sexual intercourse.
On his part, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu from Agege Constituency II, urged the government and Nigerians to show care and love for people living with the disease.
Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy urged the government also look at many others life-threatening disease killing Nigerians.
Responding, the Speaker of the Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa said that Lagos residents needed to be aware that HIV was real and rampant.
The House, however, called on Lagos residents to be conscious of their safety, stressing that HIV/AIDS is very real and rampant.