Despite the advocacy against stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS, some health workers are still found guilty of this act.
This has made stakeholders clamour for sanctions for anyone found culpable. To this end, a Coalition of Civil Society Network about AIDS in Nigeria on Saturday called for the immediate sanctioning of a nurse for allegedly stigmatising a patient living with HIV.
The call became imperative following a stigmatising and discriminatory post against an HIV-positive patient by a nurse in a Port Harcourt-based hospital on Facebook.
According to the group, the discrimination is a violation of the 2014 Anti Stigma Act signed into law in February 2015 by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
While reacting to the development, Mr Ikenna Nwakamma, Co-Chairman of the coalition, described the action of the nurse as a “flagrant violation of the Anti Stigma law.”
Nwakamma, who restated the call that the nurse be sanctioned, stressed that it would serve as a deterrent to others.
In his words while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, 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 called for collective condemnation of stigmatisation, saying it was a constitutional breach. He further explained that it was time for health workers, particularly the union of nurses, to bring the nurse to book to restore the confidence of people living with the virus.
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