Victor Osae IHIDERO, Zaria
ZARIA – As part of its mandate to ensure a healthy and safe society where young persons can achieve their full potentials, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Kaduna field office, in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Kaduna State, has task the media to stay committed in pursuing their action plan to reducing HIV prevalence among Adolescents and Young Persons (AYPs) in 7 local government areas in Kaduna State.
The officer in-charge of UNICEF Field Office, Kaduna, Dr. Idris Baba, gave this charge during a one-day strategic retreat with journalists in the state challenging them to influence change among the adolescents living with HIV in Kaduna State.
The retreat was to make media practitioners drawn from the online platforms, newspapers, radio and television to be consistent advocates and change agents in the campaign.
Dr Idris Baba, while commenting on the situation of HIV in Kaduna State, urged Kaduna journalists to intensify efforts and design programmes as well as contents that will help reduce the Prevalence of HIV amongst adolescents saying that “half of 3.1 million Nigerians living with HIV are Adolescents Young People aged 15 to 24 years
“While HIV prevalence is reducing among adults, the reverse is the case among adolescents. This is why UNICEF is scaling up support to tackle high HIV prevalence among adolescents in the seven Local Government Areas in Kaduna
“HIV in adolescents remains a big concern, at least seven local government areas – Chikun, Igabi, Lere, Kagarko, Birnin Gwari, Jaba and Jema’a – have higher prevalence of HIV among adolescents in the state
“With commitment and support of media practitioners , UNICEF can succeed in its campaign for HIV prevention, treatment and care in the affected local government areas”, he said.
The retreat culminated with a draft of group media action plan for AYPs campaign for the first quarter of the year, 2018