At the State House of Assembly Complex for the public hearing were officials from the Delta State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, the Delta State Agency for the Control of HIV-AIDS, the Hospital Management Board, HMB, State Ministry of Justice and Network of People Living with HIV-AIDS in Nigeria amongst others.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon Austin Uroye who commended the turnout for the exercise, said stigmatization and discrimination had hampered the fight against the scourge of HIV-AIDS virus in the society.
Hon Uroye noted that the bill was aimed at seeking a way forward to addressing the problem, stressing that there should not be any form of discrimination and stigmatization against HIV/AIDS victims.
The Lawmaker explained that HIV-AIDS epidemic is a problem that has come to stay, and that the immediate concern is how those affected can live their normal lives.
He appreciated the participants for their robust contributions and promised that their inputs will be captured accordingly in the Committee’s report on the bill.
The stakeholders during the public hearing proposed some amendments, even as they regretted that stigmatization had led some victims to serious depression and eventual death.