Nigeria coordinates regional HIV/AIDS battle

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Fired by the renewed vigour of African leaders to battle the HIV/AIDS scourge, Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has announced the setting up of a West African HIV/AIDS coordination centre in the country.
"Nigeria will be an AIDS coordinating centre for West Africa," Obasanjo said in Abuja Monday while flagging off the first round of the 2001 National Immunisation Days (NIDs) in Abuja.
"The centre will cooordinate all activities about HIV/AIDS.
All you need to know about HIV/AIDS control, prevention and research will be made available at the centre," the President said.
Obasanjo's announcement came a few days after African leaders resolved to make the fight against AIDS their highest priority, as well as to allocate more resources to the fight against the disease which has devastated the continent.
An estimated 24.
5 million of the 36 million people infected with AIDS world-wide are in Africa.

01 may 2001 14:14:00




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