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100 000 Nigerian babies are HIV infected annually

14 March 2013, 14:09

Abuja - At least 50 000 to 100 000 babies born annually in the Nigeria are infected with HIV/AIDS, said a report by a Nigerian anti-AIDS group.

The report was made available by the National Steering Group of the "Global Plan toward the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive," who met with the Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu here on Tuesday.

President Goodluck Jonathan set up the group in April 2012 to help mobilize national leadership for global plan on Eliminating Mother to Child Transmission (EMTCT) implementation and keeping their mothers alive.

National Coordinator of HIV/AIDS Division of the Federal Ministry of Health said global target was to reduce the number of new HIV infections among children by 90 percent and reduce the number of AIDS-related maternal deaths by 50 percent.

According to the report, the current population of HIV positive persons in Nigeria is 3.1 million, annual birth in the country is 6 million, while HIV prevalence remains 4.1 percent.

The population of HIV positive pregnant women annually in the country is 229 480 according to the report.

"58 percent women attend Ante Natal Care at least once, 45 percent attend at least four times.

35 percent of births occur in health facilities; 39 percent deliveries by skilled birth attendants while HIV babies born annually are between 50 000 to 100 000," the report added.


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