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FG Probes Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS Burden



The federal government is conducting an impact survey on HIV/AIDS indicators in the country, the technical adviser of the programme, Mr Ayodele Alegbeleye, has said. Mr. Alegbeleye, who made this known when he led members of the technical team on an advocacy visit to Katsina State Radio, said the survey is aimed at measuring the burden of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria with a view of improving the successes recorded in the treatment of the disease. He disclosed that the investigation being conducted by the Federal Ministry of Health would help the people living with HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis to get access to healthcare services.

According to him, health workers and other officials of the programme would be visiting selected households to conduct interviews and blood test under the programme. The survey programme on HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis is funded by the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief with the assistance of United State of America Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Membership of the technical team in Katsina is drawn from the State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA), Federal Ministry of Health and the Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS among others. Responding, the general manager of the station, Mallam Sani Bala Kabomo, promised that the state owned outfit would work assiduously with the programme to achieve the objective of government in conducting the survey.



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