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Nigeria commended for fighting deadly diseases

15 July 2013, 09:01Emeka Adebanji

Abuja - The African Union Commission (AUC) commended strides made by Nigeria in fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the executive council special summit on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria at the International Conference Centre in Abuja at weekend, AUC Deputy Chairperson, Erastus Mwencha, hailed the commitment by President Goodluck Jonathan's administration in curbing the diseases.

Mwencha further pointed out that, since 2000, Nigeria is among a number of countries in Africa that had kept the fight against the diseases high on their national agendas.

The diseases had been declared as a state of emergency and a threat to security in these countries.

Nigeria has made huge strides in fighting the diseases, particularly the deadly HIV/AIDS. The prevalence rate is 0,9 percent.

Meanwhile, addressing the summit in Abuja, AUC Chairperson of the Executive Council, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said the event afforded Africa the opportunity to explore the progress made and the challenges encountered in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.

“It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade,” he said.

- CAJ News


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