The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, has received a new appointment by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)
Aisha who was appointed as the UNAIDS Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV on Thurday at the state house in Abuja.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, the appointment came as a result of the expiration of the initial appointment in 2018.
Aisha Buhari speaking while accepting the appointment, urged Nigerian women to conduct regular HIV and AIDS tests to guard them against Mother-to-Child transmission of the disease.
Aisha made this known on Thursday when she received a delegation of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) led by its Executive Director, Mr. Michiel Sidibe, at the State House, Abuja.
She further said the measure would ensure treatment of women living with the disease to have babies free of HIV and AIDS.
“I assured the delegation of my commitment to continuing the advocacy against the spread of the scourge among women and children in Nigeria.” She said
She also urges government and relevant stakeholders to commit more resources to stem the epidemic among future generation of Nigerians.
“Together, we can stop children from being born with HIV in Nigeria by the year 2020,” she said.
The Executive Director, UNAIDS, Sidibe, in his statements, expressed gratitude to the wife of the President for her commitment to eradicating Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV in Nigeria.
“The delegation came at a time Nigeria was conducting a national survey on HIV response, adding that the survey would help in tackling the epidemic.
Your Excellency, this appointment is not only to help the UNAIDS in advocacy but to assist in scaling up the campaign against mother to child transmission of HIV as well as the Promotion of Treatment for Children Living with HIV in Nigeria,’’ He said.