'215,000 die from AIDS in Nigeria annually'

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 215,000 Nigerians die from AIDS every year, according to the Director-General of the country's National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Prof. John Idoko.

“No fatality rate can be actually calculated, since we do not have actual figures of the numbers of people dying annually from AIDS. However, it is estimated from modelling that there are 215,000 deaths annually,'' the private Punch newspaper Sunday quoted the NACA boss as saying.

Nigeria has an HIV prevalence of 4.1 per cent, according to the last survey held in the country in 2010.

Prof. Idoko said the latest in the biennial survey is due to be carried out by the end of 2012.

He said while antiretroviral drugs are now getting freer, many of those who need it most still fail to access it due to stigmatization and discrimination.

“Antiretroviral drugs are free and people are getting them free. However, there are challenges when people living with HIV/AIDS do not access these drugs from their nearest antiretroviral therapy sites, usually due to stigma and discrimination. Sometimes, there are temporary issues with distribution of the drugs from the various warehouses to health facilities and clinics,” he said.
-0- PANA SEG 12Aug2012

12 août 2012 11:09:45

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