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Akwa Ibom, Benue Have The Highest Number Of HIV Positive Persons – NACA
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Akwa Ibom, Benue Have The Highest Number Of HIV Positive Persons – NACA

The latest quarterly factsheet of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has revealed that two states – Akwa Ibom and Benue, have the highest number of people infected with HIV in the country. According to the report, 48 out of every 1,000 persons selected at random in the states are likely to test positive for HIV, which is way higher than the national average – 13 in every 1,000 persons. This brings the HIV prevalence rate in Nigeria to 1.3 percent according to the 2018 Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) According to the Director-General of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu, the HIV prevalence was largely first because of behavior then culture. “If you look at some communities nationally, because of culture and behaviour, you will see that the prevalence is ve...
South-South Leads In HIV Prevalence, Northwest Lowest
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South-South Leads In HIV Prevalence, Northwest Lowest

The South-south geopolitical zone has the highest HIV prevalence among adults age 15 to 64 years in the country with 3.1 percent, while the Northwest had the lowest prevalence rate with 0.6 percent. This was disclosed by the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr Sani Aliyu during the formal unveiling of the findings by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja. He said the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) considered one of the largest population-based HIV/AIDS household surveys in the world has revealed that 1.9 million Nigerians live with HIV/ AIDS. He said the survey also revealed that HIV prevalence was highest among females than males. Previous surveys had shown that 3.2 million people live with the disease in ...
No Need Yet To Celebrate HIV/AIDS Free Nigeria – Says Buhari
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No Need Yet To Celebrate HIV/AIDS Free Nigeria – Says Buhari

The Nigeria HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), 2018 has been inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari who made his first official appearance after the elections at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja. The survey which listed Akwa Ibom, Benue and Rivers states as having the highest prevalent rate of HIV/AIDS, is a data bank of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), a 3-year data covering 2019-2021 and the largest revised national HIV/AIDS Strategic framework. Speaking at the launch, the president, who said there was no need yet to celebrate an HIV/AIDS free country, disclosed that there are still millions of people living with the pandemic who are yet to access treatment. He noted that data is crucial in combating HIV/AIDs, if the country is to succeed in...
Condoms Sale Increases On Valentine Day by 70 Percent – Survey
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Condoms Sale Increases On Valentine Day by 70 Percent – Survey

Nigerians joined the rest of the world to celebrate St Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, a survey has indicated that was about 70 per cent increase in the sale of condoms and contraceptives purchased mainly by fun seekers. A check by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) around Oyingbo, Yaba, Ikeja and University of Lagos (UNILAG) on the day shows that there was an increase in the sale of the materials for safe sex. NAN reports that though there are many diverse historic stories surrounding how St Valentine’s Day came to existence, the most celebrated account is about a Roman priest beheaded in the third century. The date is for the celebration of what many chose to call season of love is Feb. 14. Arguably, no one can agree on exactly what he did or why he was executed but some legends ...
Valentine’s Day: NACA Advises Young People
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Valentine’s Day: NACA Advises Young People

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) on Tuesday cautioned young people to avoid risky behavior, while celebrating Valentine’s Day to avoid health problems and unintentional injuries. Dr Miriam Ezekwe, Project Coordinator, National Comprehensive AIDS Programme in States, NACA gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. She identified risky behaviour such as alcohol and drug use as contributory factors to health issues. According to her, NACA’s mandate is to coordinate and sustain advocacy by all sectors and at all levels on HIV and AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Ezekwe said: “you know risky behaviour is associated with alcohol, drug use and all that. “So, we are arming young people with the right information on...
Major Health Stories Last Week
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Major Health Stories Last Week

Cluster cases of Lassa fever in Ebonyi, Kogi The Ebonyi State government confirmed the death of one doctor and a nurse from suspected Lassa fever infection. The National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, also confirmed that the state notified it of a cluster breakout of the fever in the state. There were also reports of a doctor infected with the disease in Kogi state. NCDC has however deployed an emergency response team to assist the Ebonyi State Ministry of Health in response coordination, contact tracing, case management and strengthening infection prevention and control, IPC procedures. Medical supplies and drugs were also given to support case management in the state. Nigerian soldiers, policemen have high HIV risks – FG The National Agency for the Control of AIDS...
President Buhari Appoints 209 Board Chairmen
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President Buhari Appoints 209 Board Chairmen

President Muhammadu Buhari in one fell swoop on Friday appointed 209 board chairmen and 1,258 members of government owned agencies and parastatals, redeeming a part of the pledge he made 31 October at the National Executive Committee meeting of his All Progressives Congress. More appointments are on the way, said Mr. Boss Mustapha, secretary to the Government of the Federation, who announced the massive batch of appointees. At the APC NEC meeting, President Buhari also hinted he would expand his cabinet by appointing more ministers. The latest appointments, the largest President Buhari ever made since 2015, saw Mallam Wada Maida, a former editor-in-chief and managing director of The News Agency of Nigeria, returning as its chairman. Appointed as one of the board members is Mr. Isa...
200,000 People Living With HIV In Oyo – NACA
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200,000 People Living With HIV In Oyo – NACA

Sani Aliyu, director-general, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), says an estimated 200,000 people are living with HIV in Oyo state. He made the disclosure on Tuesday in Ibadan during a courtesy call on Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo governor. NAN reports that the delegation led by Aliyu included representatives of relevant international donor and funding agencies like WHO. Aliyu said only 16,000 out of the estimated 200, 000 persons living with HIV in the state are currently on treatment. “We have a gap between the number of infected persons and those on treatment. We have a gap between infected pregnant women and those receiving treatment,” he said. “We also have issues with the number of new infections recorded.” The NACA boss said 10, 000 pregnant women in Oyo are li...
Babatunde Osotimehin Is Dead. Ex-Minister Of Health Dies At 68
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Babatunde Osotimehin Is Dead. Ex-Minister Of Health Dies At 68

Babatunde Osotimehin, Nigeria’s minister of health from December 2008 to March 2010, is dead. Up until his death, the 68-year-old was the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). According to sources at the UNFPA, his death was announced at the Nigerian office of the UN body on Monday morning. During his lifetime, Osotimehin was dedicated to gender, youth and maternal health issues. His last personal tweet alive was for “protecting the health and rights of women and their babies”, which he said “is vital to protecting our shared future”. Prior to his appointment as the minister, Osotimehin was the director-general, Nigerian National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), and project manager for the World-Bank assisted HIV/AIDS programme development proj...