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HIV/AIDS rate now below 4.6 percent, says NACA

By Victoria OJEME, Abuja
Director General of National Agency For the Control of AIDS, NACA,  Dr John Idoko, said preliminary reports had shown that national prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS was below 4.6%. This comes as National Toll Free Counselling lines have been made available to Nigerians for more information on HIV/AIDS.

Dr Effiong Eno, who represented the Director, Idoko, made this known at an awareness programme on HIV/AIDS, Nature, Causes and Prevention held at Kotonkarfe, Kogi State, at the weekend.

According to him, Nigeria is beginning to win the battle against HIV/AIDS.
He said in 2008, Nigeria had a prevalence that was far above 6%, adding that it had now been brought down to 4.6% by the current assessment.

“If you want to look at the actual number of people before on treatment, it  was 800,000. Currently, we have close to 400,000 people on treatment.

In her remark, Executive Secretary, Kogi State Agency for the Control of AIDS, KOSAKA, Hajia Rabiatu Ajanah, blamed local government officials for non-performance at the grass root.

“We have our various support groups that we are working with and we have about 113 support groups we are working with in Kogi State and some of them are up to 200_500

HIV/AIDS positive in the group and mostly are women.

“The local governments are not helping matters, they need to support the community by carrying out sensitisation as we just did now into various communities,” she added.


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