Written by on September 7, 2021

Mr Ibrahim Abdulkadir, National Coordinator, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) on Monday in Abuja urged members to always stay safe and get vaccinated.

Abdulkadir told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that staying safe and getting COVID-19 vaccination were key to a healthy and longer life for his colleagues.

He urged people living with HIV to comply with the safety protocol and continue to take their antiretroviral drugs (ARV), no matter their viral load.

Abdulkadir expressed optimism that with strict compliance with safety protocol and vaccination, people living with HIV would come out stronger and alive and overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I urge my people to always stay safe and more importantly get vaccinated,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that between Jan. 3, 2020 to Sept. 3, 2021, there were 193,644 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, with 2,488 deaths recorded.

Also as of Aug. 31, a total of 4,432,282 vaccine doses had been administered on people living in Nigeria.

In a bid to prevent more workers in the health sector from embarking on strikes, the Federal Government, will today, meet with the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Health Care Professionals in Abuja.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, explained that the meeting will begin from 2:00 p.m. at the minister’s conference room, federal secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, his Health counterpart, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, are leading the negotiations.

JOHESU has given the Federal Government a 15-day ultimatum to implement the terms of agreement it had with the unions or face a massive industrial action.

This came after the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and its affiliates issued a 21-day deadline to the government to address the lingering dispute between it and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), else its members would withdraw their services.

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