WRITTEN BY PAUL EZEOKE
The Federal Government has been urged to allocate more funds for medical research to enable the country break new grounds in tackling health challenges.
Speaking on the World AIDS Vaccine Day, a medical practitioner, Professor Peter Katchy, called on the International Community to invest more in new technologies that would further widen the scope of research for vaccine and drugs to provide permanent solution to the HIV and AIDS Pandemic.
Professor Katchy said the global event was an opportunity to draw attention to the need for collective efforts in the drive to check the spread of HIV and scourge of AIDS.
He noted that while thousands of scientists and other health professionals were working round the clock in search of vaccine and drugs for HIV and AIDS, none has so far been confirmed and approved for use because of the complex and peculiar nature of the virus and its threat to mankind.
Professor Katchy enjoined Nigerians to be wary of antics of some individuals and groups who, sometimes, make frivolous and unsubstantiated claims on having cure for HIV and AIDS, which, he pointed out, was not only criminal and intentional deceit but also serious threat to lives of their victims and a major challenge to the efforts to limit the spread of HIV and AIDS.
He reminded the people that abstinence remained the most reliable option to avoid the virus and called for sustained efforts in creating awareness on the reality of the scourge.
Also commenting on the day, Pastor Josiah Abanike, who lamented the increasing social vices among youths, called for moral reorientation and more commitment in re-directing people to seek the face of God to save mankind from the manace of deadly disuses.
Also speaking, the StateImmunization Officer, Lady Florence Anene, called for sustained synergy between the global community and Donor agencies in promoting the health of the people, noting that use of vaccines has helped in protecting children against killer diseases and drastically, reduced infant mortality.