25th May, 2012
A non-government organisation, KALVAC Human Development Initiative has revealed that about 2.3 million Nigerian children live with the dreaded Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Pastor Oladipupo Obisesan revealed this at the launching/fund raising of N40 million in support of KALVAC’s nationwide free screening of hypertension and diabetes project.
According to Obisesan, the role of sensitising the public on HIV and AIDS constitute a major health challenge of the nation, adding that from 2003 till date, Nigeria has joined the countries with the highest number of people living with HIV.
In her welcome address at the event, Executive Director and Initiator of the organisation, Dr. Ada Ekueme, said most Nigerians are dead because they ignored their blood pressure or blood sugar level which is often caused by lack of knowledge or awareness.
“KALVAC was created because of the passion for holistic grassroots service delivery to address the underlying causes of underdevelopment in Nigeria, especially in the areas of ill-health, lack of basic physiological needs and education.
“Our mission is to empower people to reach their life potential by building and implementing innovative and sustainable mechanisms for improved quality of life. And our three focus areas are healthcare, education/skills acquisition and welfare/humanity,” she added.
Also speaking, a 2011 presidential candidate, renowned economist and public speaker, Professor Pat Utomi said other countries progress because they have human capital and people who go out of their way to drive initiatives for social transformation through total enterprise.
He added that: “I am pleased to celebrate the entire team of KALVAC for the boldness and spirit to focus on a very important dimension that would bring growth and development to our great nation, Nigeria.”