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Nigeria winning the war on HIV/Aids - Jonathan

16 July 2013, 11:14

 Abuja - Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan, upbeat about the success of measures aimed at fighting the HIV/Aids.

The head of Africa's biggest country by population, said HIV/Aids prevalence declined by 25 percent over the past three years, testament that policies were working.

Speaking in Abuja during one of the sessions of the Summit of the African Union on HIV and Aids, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, Jonathan said the prevalence rate declined from 6 percent to 4 percent because the country had strategised with the development of the President’s Comprehensive Response Plan, which focused on scaling up prevention.

He said other programmes developed in the country included prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission, doubling the treatment of persons living with HIV to 1 million, and decentralising and integrating health services.

Jonathan said the country was also investing more in the 13 most-burdened states in a bid to eliminate new infections.

More than 3 million Nigerians live with HIV/Aids.

Jonathan meanwhile said initiatives aimed at combating malaria and TB were bearing fruit.

“In our efforts to control TB, we have increased the number of Directly Observed Treatment Centres for TB diagnosis and treatment.

"We are currently scaling up modern diagnostic methods using gene experts. In addition, Nigeria now has three centres for management of Multi-Drug Resistant TB.

"For malaria, we have distributed 57 million bed nets and provided 200 million treatment courses of Artemisin-based combination therapy,” Jonathan said.

- CAJ News


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