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Adamawa recording success in fight against HIV -Official

The Adamawa Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, on Wednesday said it had recorded success in reducing the spread of the disease in the state.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Stephen John, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola that the success recorded was due to collaboration between the agency, government, the private sector and other stakeholders.

“From 2003 to 2008, the disease was spreading like wild fire and the state ranked first in the North-East region with 3.8 per cent prevalence.

“But with the positive intervention and commitment by the agency, the spread of the disease has now reduced from 3.8 per cent in 2008 to 1.9 per cent in 2013,” John said.

He, however, explained that the agency was still faced with the challenges of repositioning its focus from curtailing the spread of the disease to total eradication.

John solicited for more support of the state government to establish comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment centres to enable more people get access to treatment and care.

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