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HIV prevalence in FCT now 1.6% - Ag. Secretary for Health

16th Dec, 2019 | By Prudence Okonna | ||

Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Alhaji Musa Abdulrahim, has said the HIV prevalence in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is now 1.6% based on 2018 record. It is down from 6.8% in 2010.

Speaking at an outreach in Lugbe district, which was organized by the Department of Public Health of HHSS in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2019, the Secretary added that, although in the last six years new HIV infections were reduced by 56 % and annual AID- related death by 22%, ''today we have an estimated 1.9 million living with HIV in Nigeria.''

He added that there has to be response to the next level to address the challenges related to health system infrastructure, amend needs of commodities, and other matters. Harping on the theme for the year 'Community makes the Difference', the Director, Department of Public Health, Dr Okechukwu Josephine, in her opening remarks, said a community-centered approach is required to tackle the HIV epidemic which has devastating effects and mortality on families, communities and the nation at large.

She added that the community approach requires health service providers to meet community members with their service rather than wait for members to visit the health facility. The Director also encouraged community members to get tested and not stigmatize those living with HIV/AIDS; rather, they should be cared for, fed, sheltered and given all necessities to live well.

Also present at the occasion were development partners like FHI360, Institute of Human Virology of Nigeria, Achieving Health Initiative and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The World AIDS Day is annually celebrated 1 December globally since 1988. It is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and to mourn those who died from the disease.

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