The Ondo State Government has warned its citizens that it would make sure the wrath of the law faces anyone caught making People Living With HIV/AIDS(PLWA) feel low-self esteemed in any ramification of their Day-to-Day activities.
The state Government reportedly made this development publicized through the Secretary to the State Government and the Chairman of Ondo State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr. Aderotimi Adeola made it known that those who transmits HIV to others risks a 10-year jail term or a fine of N500,000 or both.He said in his statement,
The stigmatization and discrimination discourage individuals infected with and affected with HIV from accessing health and social services, hence, the law stipulates further that anybody who discriminates against people living with HIV commits an offence and is liable to a fine of N100,000.00 or imprisonment of six months or both.
This may obstruct their access to treatment and may affect their employment, housing and other rights which adversely affect the vulnerability of others to be infected.
The State commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade said,
Ondo State is the first state in the country to make a law which broadly addresses the rights of the people living with the virus.
The state Government recently secured the release of one of its abducted female monarch, Princess Oluwatoyin Omosowon from Kidnappers’ den.