Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Workers’ Day: NACA Advocates End To Stigma In Workplaces

By Justina Auta 

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has reasserted its dedication to nurturing inclusive workplaces, devoid of discrimination and stigma, especially for Persons Living with HIV/AIDs.
Mrs Toyin Aderibigbe, NACA’s Head of Public Relations and Protocol, made the assertion in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, in commemoration of the 2024 Workers’ Day.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that May 1 is annually celebrated as Workers’ Day, a tribute to workers worldwide, with the 2024 theme centred on “Social Justice and Decent Work for All.”
Aderibigbe, therefore, quoted Dr Temitope Ilori, the Director-General of NACA, as stressing the significance of the theme, highlighting the pressing need for equitable and inclusive work environments.
Ilori noted that in spite of the strides made, stigma against individuals living with HIV/AIDS persists in some workplaces.
She said “regrettably, stigma remains a formidable obstacle for those living with HIV/AIDS in some Nigerian workplaces.
“Stigma undermines the well-being and productivity of affected individuals, while perpetuating misinformation and fear among the workforce.
“Stigma erodes trust, obstructs access to crucial support services and ultimately hinders national efforts to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS.”
According to her, NACA recognises workplaces as pivotal avenues for fostering acceptance, understanding and support for employees living with the virus.
She, therefore, urged employers, trade unions, government agencies and civil society organisations to prirotise the implemention of comprehensive workplace policies and programmes to end stigma.

The NACA boss also encouraged employers to adopt non-discriminatory practices, safeguard medical information confidentiality, and facilitate access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services.
She said “lets join hands in crafting a future where every worker receives dignity, respect and compassion, irrespective of HIV status.”
The director general affirmed NACA’s commitment to push for the rights and dignity of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, ready to support stakeholders in fostering more inclusive workplaces. (NAN)

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