The Rivers State Police Command has inaugurated the police action committee on AIDS (PACA) to curb the spread of HIV/AIDs amongst men of the state police command handling emergencies on a daily basis.
The state commissioner of police Usman Balel at the launch of PACA said the vision of the police management is to create awareness and put control measures that will curtail the spread of HIV/AIDs amongst men of the command
He said the inauguration of PACA will enable the committee to douse the stigmatization associated with handling and managing HIV/AIDs
He said in 2018 a four years action plan for managing HIV, Tuberculosis and related pandemics were introduced to further drive the sensitization and advocacy holistic management of these imperious illnesses’’ Rivers state police command will continue to invest its efforts and ensure that both physical and mental health of personnel deployed within the state is being taken care of. HIV/AIDS has become a social threat, emanating from social behaviors, which though avoidable is of great concerns to most organization and personalities bearing the elements of the burden. Therefore the bold steps taken by the inspector general of police IGP to inaugurate the committee today in rivers state is not a surprise to us and members of the committee who are here today. AS you have been commissioned to continue the sensitization against this pandemic
In her response the permanent secretary Rivers state ministry of Health Carolina Wali said the ministry is partnering with police to ensure that the PACA committee succeed in carrying out their task.
She said the state governor Nyesom Wike had earlier made the treatment of HIV/AIDS free of charge to promote victims access to treatment and testing at all healthcare facilities.