Abuja - Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN)
said it had treated and administered anti-retroviral drugs to 169 962
people living with HIV and AIDS in the country between January and July.
This is contained in a statement issued by the institute’s Head of Communication Unit, Dennis Mordi in Abuja on Wednesday.
The statement noted that the funding for the treatment and drugs were
provided by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
According to the statement, the institute initiated the "Action-plus up" project that focuses on giving treatment to adults and children,
laboratory diagnosis, tracking of patients status, and other supports.
"IHVN implements several activities aimed at building the capacity
of healthcare providers and auxiliary workers in HIV and AIDS,
tuberculosis, malaria and cancer prevention, management, control.
"The institute has now expanded its services to other infectious diseases like TB and malaria.
"IHVN is structured to develop and maintain linkages with local and
international organisation on ways that support the government of
Nigeria’s health sector strategic plans.’’ It said.
According to the statement, the institute had 139 sites it was
supporting through a programme: "Action in Community – Prevention of
Mother-to-Child Transmission'' and about 3 389 pregnant women had
received prophylaxis (treatment for preventing disease).