The kick-off of the 2023 Carnival in Cross River state not only marked the beginning of the month-long festivities but also symbolized a united front in addressing the challenges posed by HIV/AIDS. Eyoanwan Otu, the Wife of the Governor of Cross River state, and Dr Egbe Ayuk, the state’s Commissioner for Health, delivered impactful messages during the HIV/AIDS walk, emphasizing community involvement and targeted efforts in specific localities.
In her address to the community, Eyoanwan Otu expressed gratitude and hope as the state observed World AIDS Day 2023. She underscored the theme of the year, “Community’s Leadership to End AIDS by 2030,” emphasizing the pivotal role of communities in combating AIDS. Otu, dedicated to leveraging resources and influence, urged citizens to stand together in creating an AIDS-free generation within Cross River state.
“As the wife of the governor of Cross River state, I am committed to leveraging our resources and influence to intensify the fight against AIDS. Let us be the leaders our communities need,” declared Otu.
Dr Egbe Ayuk, the Commissioner for Health, shed light on challenges faced by specific local governments, including Yala, Obanliku, and the Calabar area. Despite the state not being among the top 6 states with high prevalence, Ayuk stressed the need to refocus attention and resources on these community-centric areas.
“We need to ensure communities in these 3 or 4 LGs are at the forefront of efforts to regulate population transmigration,” Ayuk emphasized.
These statements were made during The HIV/AIDS walk, signifying the commencement of the 32 days of non-stop activities for the 2023 Carnival, themed “Season of Sweetness.”