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HIV: FG restates commitment to prevent HIV among adolescents

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THE Federal Government on Tuesday restated its commitment to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS among adolescents in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ministry of Health in collaboration with NACA, UNFPA, UNICEF, launched a document on prevention of HIV in Abuja. The document is integrated into three titles; “The HIV Investment Case for Adolescents and Young People (2021-2025), The National Condom Operational Plan (2021-2025) and National Condom and Lubricants Quantification (2021-2025).” Sen. Yahaya Oloriegbe, the Chairman, Senate Committee Chairman on Health, identified condom as key in the prevention of the spread of HIV among young people. Oloruigbe, who commended the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and partners for the effort, called for local production of condoms. “We need to look inwards by encouraging local manufacturing of condoms in view of government’s dwindling resources, as well as breaking away from over dependence on international donors,” he said. Dr Gambo Aliyu, the Director General of NACA, asserted the agency’s success in the containment of HIV through prevention and treatment responses. Aliyu said that the country was committed to achieving the 2030 target of 95-95-95 through collaboration with stakeholders by investing in adolescents. He added “we have made huge success when it comes to treatment and prevention with drastic reduction in transmission.” The NACA boss however affirmed the belief of the agency in using the document to achieve the 95-95-95 target for 2030. Mrs Zainab Garba of the Federal Ministry of Health commended NACA for launching the document, saying it would enhance young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. Garba reiterated the importance of condom in reducing the spread of HIV and maternal deaths among young people, saying it was key in preventing all manners of Sexually Transmitted Infections. (NAN)

– July 27, 2021 @ 16:58 GMT |

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