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Rivers tackles HIV/AIDS infections

03 September 2013, 07:32

Abuja - The Rivers State Ministry of Women Affairs has embarked on a campaign to help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in the vulnerable Ogale community in Eleme local government area.

The dialogue will take place in communities in all the three senatorial districts starting from the Rivers South East.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Joeba West, who officially launched the campaign, said the Ogale community was chosen because of its vulnerability.

“Ogale was chosen because of its commercial activities and strategic location to oil and gas exploration,” West said.

She noted that the Petrochemical Company, the Refinery and the Onne wharf attract the influx of drivers, expatriates and foreigners into that environment and this might increase the vulnerability of persons especially the sexually active youths.

West solicited for change in sexual behavioural patterns and caution when using sharp objects to lower transmissions.

She urged the participants to know their HIV/AIDS status and also to be HIV/AIDS Advocacy Champions.

Responding during the interactive session, a female participant, Grace Ngochindo lauded the Ministry for reaching out to them.

She decried the low turnout from youth, who are the most affected by HIV/AIDS. Rivers State has the highest HIV/prevalence in Nigeria.

It is estimated that 4 million Nigerians out of a population of 160 million are living with the virus.

About 10 percent are in Rivers State.

- CAJ News


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