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FG Confirms That Nigeria Is The Highest Producer Of Babies Infected With HIV In The World

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Nigeria News – FG Confirms That Nigeria Is The Highest Producer Of Babies Infected With HIV In The World

On the list of countries with a high record of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in the world, the Federal Government has confirmed the report, which ranks Nigeria first.

Globally, the government noted that local and international indications confirmed that Nigeria produces 30% of children born with HIV/AIDS.

On Tuesday, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, told newsmen in Abuja at the launch of a roadmap on implementation of the National Treatment and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS, that the situation was worrisome and requires collective action of all stakeholders, with the support of global partners to correct the statistics.

The Professor also confirmed that Nigeria has 3.1 million people living with the virus, out of which 1.1 million people have been under proper and timely treatment from the government.

The minister said he was impressed with the commitment of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) to the cause of proper and timely care for patients with the virus.

“There is no reason why Nigeria should be the highest producer of babies infected with HIV because we have put in great efforts in the past. Obviously, more is required to achieve more results,” The Minister explained.

The minister expressed hope that the reinvigorated fight against the virus would result in a significant drop in a spread and good attention given to people living with the virus.

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