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57,000 Persons Living With HIV In Nasarawa
Date Posted: 21/Feb/2020
No fewer than 57,000 people across the 13 local government areas and 18 local council development areas in Nasarawa State have been said to be living with the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus.
The Nasarawa State Executive Director, AIDs Control Agency, Dr Ruth Bello, revealed this during a one-day sensitisation meeting with religious leaders and other stakeholders on HIV/AIDs stigma and discrimination at the Nasarawa Primary Health Care Development Agency on Thursday.
She stated that the programme was organised to sensitise over 22,000 HIV positive people who had abandoned their treatment due to either stigmatisation or discrimination that the anti-stigmatization law had been signed by the state assembly in 2012.
Bello said, “It is because of the fact that over 22,000 people who are HIV positive and are not on drugs due to either stigmatisation or discrimination, that a one-day sensitization meeting was organised for religious leaders, healthcare workers and other stakeholders to let them know about the anti-stigmatization law signed by the state assembly in 2012. If they know they are protected, they will come out to access care which will reduce the chances of transmitting the disease.”
Source: Punch

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