Over 1.7 Million Persons In The South East Are Currently Living With HIV/AIDS – NACA

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Over one million, seven hundred thousand persons are currently living with HIV/AIDS in the south east region of Nigeria according to South East Zonal Coordinator National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr Miriam Ezekwe at a stakeholders coordination meeting held on the 23rd February 2022 at King David Hotel, Awka.

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This is comparable to about six hundred and seventy thousand persons in 2015, a thirty-seven point three -seven percent increase in six years.

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Naca/Hiv/Aids Stakeholders meeting in Anambra State

Dr Miriam noted that the epidemic control was achieved as a result of policies, resources and actions put together to enable person infected to seek medical attention rather than suffering in silence.

She however said that the non health sector interventions such as HIV/AIDS peer education, Condom and lubricants, Palliative Care, Syringe and needle distribution and others are equally key in achieving zero HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths.

Naca stakeholders meeting in Anambra State

In a goodwill message the Anambra State United Nations AIDs Resident Program officer, Dr Adaoha Anosike thanked all the partners who came to participate and deliberate on the issues bothering on HIV and AIDs in Anambra State.

Dr Adaoha while pointing Anambra State as having the highest prevalence in south east which is not a good ordeal said that the meeting is to address preventive measures and deliberate on how to make sure senstization about the disease reaches every member of the State.

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