HIV/AIDS: CSOs wants nurse penalised for allegedly stigmatising client

On Saturday, The coalition of Civil Society Network about AIDS in Nigeria, called for the immediate sanctioning of a nurse for allegedly stigmatising a HIV positive client.

The CSO made the call after what it called “stigmatising and discriminatory post against an HIV positive client” by a Nurse in a Portharcourt-base hospital on Facebook.

The action is in contravention of the 2014 Anti Stigma Act, signed into law in February 2015, by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

The first Co-Chairman of the Coalition, Mr Ikenna Nwakamma, described the action of the Nurse as a “flagrant violation of the anti stigma law”

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Nwakama stated that if sanctioned, it will serve as a deterrent to others who may want to do same.

He said,

Coalition of Civil Society Network about AIDS in Nigeria demands that justice be served on nurse with Port Harcourt hospital.

She disclosed the identity and made a stigmatising statement about an HIV positive client.”

The Civil Society Co-Chairman, appealed for a collective condemnation of stigmatisation, stating that it was a constitutional breach.

Nwakamma, explained that it was time for health workers, most especially nurses, to call the nurse to order, so as to restore the confidence of people living with the virus.

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