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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Health: NGO commends govts for scaling up prevention services for HIV, AIDS


The Country Director, Heartland Alliance International (HAI), Mr Batholomew Ochonye, on Monday, commended the Federal, States and Local Governments for scaling up prevention services for HIV and AIDS.

Ochonye, in an interview, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that some states of the federation had taken over the bills for treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS.

NAN reports that HAI is an International Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), based in Nigeria engaged in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

“Some states like Akwa Ibom and Rivers governors have officially paid for treatment fees for people living with HIV in hospitals,’’ he said.

The Director of HAI who expressed satisfaction with the development said that the number of people living with HIV had dropped from 3.5m to about 1.9m based on the Nigeria AIDS Indicator Impact Survey (NAISS) report released on March 2019.

According to him, the prevalence of HIV among adults from ages 15 to 49 is reduced from 3.4 per cent to 1.4 per cent while new infections increased from over 120,000 to 130,000 between 2010 and 2029.

Ochonye said that the number of deaths due to AIDS and AIDS-related complications had reduced by 26 per cent from 72,000 to 53,000 in 2010. (NAN)

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