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Rivers shares ARVs with needier states

10 September 2013, 13:17

Abuja - Rivers State will donate some of its antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to other states after senior officials said it had more pills that it required.

The state received the drugs from the Canadian charitable organization, ACTLAP Children Foundation.

“The drugs were given to the state free of charge. All the Rivers State government did was to cover the logistics of shipment and transportation so it is only natural to give some to our neighbours who are in need,” Commissioner of Health, Dr Tamunoiyoriari Parker, said while inspecting the drugs worth about N 1 billion (US$6 million) at the Central Medical Stores in Port Harcourt.

According to statistics, Rivers, with an HIV/AIDS prevalence rate, has more than 300 000 people infected by the virus.

It is the tenth most affected in out of the 36 states in the country.

With a prevalence rate of 12.7 percent and 1 percent, Benue and Kebbi are the worst and least affected.

Meanwhile, Parker said the distribution of the ARV drugs would be decentralized alongside the establishment of testing and treatment centres in more than 100 health centres across the state.

The President and Chief Executive officer of ACTLAP, Bevis Igbinoba said the drugs were donated to assist reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in the countries of the world.

- CAJ News

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