14 January 2016

Nigeria: "374,000 People Living With HIV in Kano"

The chairman of Association of Peoples Living with HIV/AIDS in Kano, Nuhu Gaya, on Thursday said there were over 374,000 people living with HIV in the state.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on the Kano State governor, Mr. Gaya said of the 374,000, only 106,000 registered with the association.

He however expressed worries over lack of support from the state government in the fight against the deadly disease, saying the members are facing challenges of survival.

Mr. Gaya said people living with HIV were facing rejection, discrimination and stigmatization in the state.

He said since the rounding off of intervention projects by the World Health Organization and other international donor agencies, there was no commitment from government.

The chairman stated further that several number of people living with the disease died either due to lack of drugs or absence of diagnosis.

He called on the state government to appoint an aide on people living with HIV so that their complaints would be better attended to.

In his response, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje assured them of support, saying government would look into their demands.


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