The Lagos State Government says it will tackle the challenges faced by people living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome in the state, including stigmatisation.
The state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said this at a meeting with a delegation of the Global Fund at the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States of America, according to a statement on Thursday by Ambode’s Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna.
It was said that the Lagos State Government was assured of funds to deal with HIV/AIDS issues in the state.
“The governor, who had earlier declared his commitment to the judicious use of the grant, was unequivocal about the economic sense of having a healthy population in driving the growth and development of the state,” the statement added.
The Executive Director, Global Fund, Dr Mark Dybul, was said to have remarked that the proposed grant to the health sector in Lagos State was to fight the scourge of HIV/AIDS.
“He said it would be the first time in the history of Global Fund that a grant was being offered to any state government across the world,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Ambode has said he will dedicate his birthday on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, to the fight against cancer.
The governor on Thursday appealed to family members, friends, political associates and well wishers to channel funds meant for congratulatory advertisements to the war against cancer.
In a statement, Ambode said he would, on his birthday, participate in a #GivingTuesday event being pioneered by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria), a group in the forefront of the war against cancer.
He added that he would use the event to help in raising funds for a mobile cancer centre in Lagos State.
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