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Institute treats 170 000 HIV/AIDS patients in 7 months

03 October 2013, 13:08

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 (PEPFAR).

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).



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