Founder and President of Asabe Yar’Adua Foundation (ASYARF), Dr. Hajiya Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua has called for a proactive and sustained grassroots approach in tackling the challenge of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. Yar’ Adua said this recently at a special interaction with children living with HIV/AIDS at the Children of Hope Orphanage Home Ikoyi, Lagos.
According to her, HIV and AIDS pose a great danger to national development, economic growth and prosperity because of the prevalence of the scourge among the most productive segment of the human population.
She said that any disease that endangers children, youths and women has a serious implication for not just the immediate generations, but also for future leaders.
She said:“We must mobilise all the means capable of stemming the current tide of cases of HIV/AIDS because any further delay will be tantamount to playing the ostrich and preparing the ground for an avoidable disaster”..
She added: “We need more road shows, community school-based club, demonstrative events, hand bills, stickers and other instructional materials on HIV/AIDS that be integrated into the machinery design to curb the menace in our society”.
The global economic crunch, she said, has made it imperative that a more dynamic and sustained approach to the war and crusade against the scourge be put in place.
She called on parents to always “educate their wards and children on the cause and prevention of the scourge so that they can live and become the leaders of tomorrow”.
The ASYARF president implored governments, traditional rulers, community leaders, corporate organisations and NGOs to intensify the war against the menace because only a healthy citizenry could build a virile and prosperous nation. The foundation donated exercise books, food items, and design plastic cups to the children of the Home.