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Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS cases drop to 1.9m

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Akwa Ibom , Benue record highest cases

THE number of Nigerians living with HIV AIDS according to the Director-General of the National Agency for the control of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Sani Aliyu, has reduced to 1.9 million as against the alarming number of 3.2 million as  released by the agency.

In a report is contained in the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey which was organised by the federal government and funded by the United States Government and other relevant stakeholders revealed that the number of women living with HIV/AIDS is double the number of men living with the virus.

The state with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS is now Akwa Ibom. The survey also showed that Northern Nigeria has a lower HIV/AIDS burden than south.

It states that while the North-West has the lowest prevalence rate at 0.6 per cent, the South-South geopolitical zone has the highest with 3.1 per cent.

Briefing journalists after the report was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, the DG of the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS,  Dr. Sani Aliyu, said Nigeria has dropped from number two to number four on the ranking of countries with highest HIV prevalence.

Nigeria is behind South Africa, Mozambique and India. Aliyu said.

 

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