About 1,086 out of 75, 435 young Nigerians between the ages of 14 and 19, who were counselled and tested for HIV/AIDS in Nasarawa State, have been confirmed to be carrying the deadly virus. The Executive Director, Nasarawa State AIDS Control Agency, Dr. Ruth Adabe, disclosed this on Sunday during a one-day workshop organised by the United Nations International Children’s Fund, in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency, in the Keffi Local Government Area of the state. Speaking during the event, Adabe, who was represented by Dr. Peter Attah of the Nasarawa State Ministry of Health, suggested strategies to end the HIV/Aids epidemic. They include the establishment of youth-friendly centres, HIV /Aids consulting and testing units and the prevention of PMTCT in the state. She
Stakeholders at every level of intervention have been advised to collaborate and review administrative processes and the approach leading to the identification of plants, scientific research, development and approval of remedies and drug production from Nigerian herbs and plants. This call was made by Emeritus Prof. Joseph Okogun, of the Department of Chemistry, University of Ibadan, at a Public Lecture as part of activities to mark his 80th birthday by Bevekt Gedu Chemical Company. The lecture titled, Active, Bitter and Sweet – A lifetime of Research on Plants, Anti-Cancer Remedies and Drug Discovery, focused on plants as unrivaled organic chemicals producing useful chemicals that man exploits for various purposes. It also focused on the reasons why the natural chemistry of plants is im
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has warned that HIV infections have continued to rise with a reported 1.8 million people newly infected by the virus globally. The Executive Director of UNAIDS, , at the International AIDS Conference in the Netherlands, urged countries to boost prevention measures and continue to facilitate access to treatment. A statement released by the agency quoted Sidibé as saying, “UNAIDS is urging countries to take bold action to address the HIV prevention crisis. “Around 1.8 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2017 and around 50 countries experienced a rise in new HIV infections as HIV prevention services are not being provided on an adequate scale or with sufficient intensity. “Health is a human rights imperative and we are deeply con
For nearly two decades, Nigeria has been grappling with the dreaded HIV/AIDS virus. It has launched an ambitious plan to combat the virus. But that effort has been hampered by lack of accurate and reliable data. The lack of reliable data has led to haphazard application of the prevention and treatment methods, at enormous cost to the government. One of the greatest challenges confronting the country’s policies in the fight against HIV/AIDS has been the inability to track the disease. And this challenge comes in many phases. First, apart from nursing mothers and new born babies, many persons with the virus are not tracked for testing. Therefore, treatment and prevention are affected in the long run, which in turn increases the burden of the disease on individuals and the nation at large.
To meet President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge on treating more people living with Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) yearly, the Federal Government would need to raise its funding with N6billion from N1.5billion to N7.5billion. Buhari made a commitment during the United Nations (UN) event on ending AIDS at UN headquarters in New York in September last year to maintain the 60,000 people living with HIV on treatment and put an additional 50,000 on treatment, using government’s finances. Figures from the Joint United Nations programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) and National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) released yesterday at the launch of the Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) in Abuja, showed that out of more than one million Nigerians
There was chaos in Egbe, in the Ikotun area of Lagos State, when some homosexuals allegedly fought one another after contracting the Human Immunodefeciency Virus. PUNCH Metro gathered that one of the men, identified as Ezeugo, infected his first lover with the virus. Ezeugo had reportedly brought in another boyfriend to the house and was about to make love to him when the first boyfriend raised the alarm around 3am on Tuesday. Our correspondent learnt that policemen from the Ikotun division were invited by residents and the suspects were arrested. A police source said the prime suspect, Ezeugo, confessed to have been a homosexual for about five years. He said, “We got a distress call from residents around 3am that there was a fight among five homosexuals living together in a
Citizens of Akwa Ibom have again been reminded on the need to shun sexual promiscuity while adhering to regular test and counseling in order to stem the tide of HIV/AIDs pandemic in the state. The state project manager of the agency for the Control of Aids -AKSACA, Dr. Nkereuwem Etok, who gave the warning while speaking with newsmen in Uyo, called for concerted effort in fighting the scourge of the disease. He explained that although the state has achieved great heights with the support of government and donor agencies, a lot of help was still needed from private individuals to address the challenges posed by the existence of HIV/AIDs. The agency according to him has continued to work to reduce mortality arising from the deadly disease, reduce number of new cases, while also ens
The National Agency for the Control of AIDS has unveiled a popular version of Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS Anti Discrimination Act 2014 to avail more people a chance to understand and utilise the Law. Prof. John Idoko, the Director-General of NACA, while unveiling the law in Abuja on Wednesday, said the popular version was prepared in collaboration with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Idoko said the popular version of the law consists of lay terms and graphic illustration that will make the law more useful in both rural and grassroots community settings. He said Nigeria is one of the few countries in the world with an anti-discrimination law related to HIV/AIDS. According to Idoko, making a popular version of this law available will result in increased demand for testing services and