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HIV/AIDS: Discover this African country where children are most affected

Nigeria has been ranked among the countries in the world where the number of cases of HIV/AIDS transmission between mother and child is highest.

According to the Nigerian federal government, local and international indications have confirmed that Nigeria produces 30% of children born with HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, briefed reporters on the launch of a roadmap for national treatment implementation and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS in Abuja, on Tuesday.

He added that this would require collective action by all stakeholders, with the support of global partners, to make corrections to this statistic.

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Professor Isaac Adewole also confirmed that Nigeria currently has 3.1 million people living with the virus, of which 1.1 million have been treated appropriately and in a timely manner by the government.

He was extremely pleased with the commitment of the National AIDS Agency (NACA) to patients with the virus.

In his words, the Prof said: “There is no reason for Nigeria to be the largest producer of HIV-infected babies because we have made great efforts in the past. Obviously, more is needed to get more results,” he added.

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