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    South-south leads as NACA survey says 1.9m Nigerians live with HIV/AIDs

    - The National Agency for the Control of AIDS said 1.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDs

    - NACA director general, Dr. Sani Aliyu, made the disclosure during the official unveiling of figure of people living with the disease

    - According to NACA, south-south leads the statistics with 3.1%, while northwest has the lowest record

    The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) on Thursday, March 14, disclosed that the south-south region of the country has the prevalent record of people leaving with the HIV disease.

    The director general of NACA, Dr. Sani Aliyu, made this disclosure during an event officially unveiling of the agency's statistics of people living with the disease to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.

    According to NACA, south-south leads the statistics with 3.1%, while northwest has the lowest record of the people living with the disease with 0.6%.

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    Aliyu said Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), which is one of the largest population-based HIV/AIDS household surveys in the world, reported that 1.9 million Nigerians are living with HIV/ AIDS.

    He said the report earlier submitted by the survey had showed that 3.2 million Nigerians were living with HIV.

    The NACA boss, however, said the federal government's effort with the support of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and Malaria, and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners had brought to life the survey, enabling the Nigeria to put on fight against the viral disease.

    He said: ''It is important that all people living with HIV get into treatment and achieve viral suppression. To halt the epidemic, we need to act now.

    As a government working with our partners, we have what it takes to support persons who are HIV-positive, to provide treatment, to protect their families and to help people live long and healthy lives.”

    Also speaking at the event is the minister of health, Professor Isaac F. Adewole, who said the federal government has been putting in more effort to eradicate the disease and make sure that people living with HIV get access to full medications.

    The minister said: “Everyone infected with HIV needs to get treatment so they can achieve viral suppression, especially pregnant women.''

    While noting that the disease is more prevalent among the female than the male, the minister said:''We must ensure pregnant women have access to ANC services and are tested during every pregnancy. We know we can support HIV-positive mothers, hence ensuring the next generation is free from HIV.”

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    Meanwhile, previously reported that the federal government had confirmed a report which ranks Nigeria first on the list of countries with high record of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS throughout the world.

    The government confirmed local and international indices that affirmed that Nigeria produces 30 percent of children born with HIV/AIDS internationally. ( upgrades to to provide its reader high-quality journalism

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