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NAIIS says Akwa Ibom ranks highest for HIV in the South-South region.

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The Nigeria Aids Indicator and Impact survey (NAIIS) shows that Akwa Ibom has the highest prevalence rate of HIV in the country. The result indicates that about 5.5 percent of the people living with the HIV virus in Nigeria come from Akwa Ibom state, followed by Benue state, which has about 5.3% prevalence rate.

It also states that while the North-West has the lowest prevalence rate at 0.6 percent, the south-south geopolitical zone has the highest with 3.1percent.

Speaking during the event hosted by NAIIS that was held at the Banquet Hall in Abuja, Aso rock, on Thursday, the Director General of Aids, (NACA), Sani Aliyu said about 1.9 million Nigerians are currently living with HIV/AIDs.

He said the percentage of people living with the virus in Nigeria, between 15-49 is 1.4 percent. (Among females, 0.9).

“For the south-south, it is Akwa Ibom that has the highest prevalence and the North central, it is the Benue state”. Says Sani.

Also speaking at the event, the president, Muhammadu Buhari, promised to make sure the virus is eliminated and ceases to be an epidemic in the country. He also noted that the percentage shows that there has been progress in the fight against the virus following the ratio.

The president, stated that people living with HIV Aids will have access to anti-retrovira drugs under his administration.

He appreciated all partners of Nigeria who has supported the country to wage war against this deadly disease.

“However, we cannot celebrate yet as we are more committed to ensuring that more people are placed on treatment.

“Now that we have the data, I urge you all to work together to ensure that we deliver ahead of 2030” he said.

He however, takes the ministry of health and the national Agency for the control of Aids, (NACA) to work closely with state government of states with high prevalence rate to ensure that the epidemic is drastically reduced.

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