UNICEF laments over HIV /AIDS increase among Nigeria's adolescents
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Dec 14, Abuja: United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) Acting Field Officer, Kaduna, Dr Idris Baba called for urgent intervention by stakeholders in Nigeria West Africa to help curb the rising increase of HIV prevalence rate among adolescents and young people (AYP) in the country.
UNICEF blames ignorance as one of the reasons responsible for the increase of HIV among the younger people. It was even said that majority of the Adolescents and younger people are not aware of their HIV status. Dr Baba who is also an HIV expert said 50 percent of the 3.1 million Nigerians living with HIV are within age 14-25.
The UNICEF Chief disclosed this at a seminar organized by UNICEF to seek media support on ways to reach out to the adolescents and younger persons by educating and creating HIV awareness among them as 2017 comes to an end. "UNICEF has scaled up support to tackle high HIV prevalence among adolescents in the seven local government areas of Kaduna State which include Igabi, Lere, Jema’a, Chikun, Kagarko, Birni Gwari and Jaba. "only seven percent of the adolescents surveyed at the beginning of the intervention programme in March were tested and received their HIV result, hoping that, 90 percent is expected to be tested and placed on antiretroviral drugs by the year 2030," he said.
UNICEF Communication Officer Kaduna office North-west Rabiu Musa charged the media to support the organization's effort towards creating Awareness among the AYPs to try and know their HIV /AIDs status in the country. Participants at the event agreed that increase in HIV/AIDs among adolescents remains a big concern across the country, particularly in kaduna rural communities.
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