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Turai blames rising HIV infection on dearth of information

By Chinyere Amalu
NIGERIAN First Lady, Hajiya Turai Yar‘Adua has attributed the rise of HIV infection in the country to lack of knowledge brought about by dearth of information.

Speaking recently during the public presentation of a book entitled “Family/Personal Guide Against HIV/AIDS, she observed that  the book itself which was holistic, provided necessary information about how families could deal with the prevention and treatment of HIV & AIDS.”

Wife of the Deputy-Senate President Mrs. Beatrice Ekweremadu, who represented the First Lady pointed out that the fight against HIV & AIDS should not be left to  government and the private sector alone. “This fight should be more of a common responsibility of individuals.”

Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Prof. John Idoko noted at the launch  that people did not have the right information on how to protect themselves which has caused a rise in infection rate.

He, however, explained that the message must be taken down to the grass roots. “Information is key to reducing the increase of the virus which on the long run will bring about behavioral change.”

President, Human Resources Development Trust (HRDT) and publishers of the book, Mr. Carl Okorie pointed out that women made up to 67 per cent of the infected group adding that one of the major causes of the phenomenon was the lack of knowledge due to the dearth of information.

He said in the course of investigation, it was discovered that “most of the existing strategies adopted by stakeholders in the fight yield counter results due to misapplication and misinterpretation of information and the shocking misinterpretation of the disease by students in the secondary school made us understand why efforts by international organization and government yielded no results.”


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