Rivers government says it has produced a movie titled ‘stigma’ in collaboration with Nollywood film industry to commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Samson Parker, on Thursday in Port Harcourt.
It said the movie, scheduled to be launched on Dec. 1 at Silver Bird Cinema, Port Harcourt, would sensitize, educate, and re-orient the people.
The statement said that the movie would model societal attitude towards achieving ‘de-stigmatizing’ behaviour.
According to the statement, Humane Immune Virus (HIV) is an infection which many people have an unfounded fears and prejudices about.
It said that such fear led to stigmatization and discrimination against the people living with HIV and AIDs.
The statement said such attitude had affected status declaration, status assessment and the general ‘’uptake ‘‘of HIV services in health institutions.
‘’This attitude affected status declaration, status assessment and the general uptake of HIV services in health institutions and has militated various control measures aimed at reducing prevalence.’’
The statement said the production of the movie was in line with Gov. Chibuike Amaechi’s health programme in the state.