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HIV/AIDS prevalence drops in Borno – Commissioner

HIV and AIDS prevalence in Borno has dropped from 4.5 per cent to 2.6 per cent, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Salma Kolo, has said.

She announced this in her office in Maiduguri, when she received members of the state chapter of the Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria.

According to Kolo, the drop is noticed from 2011 to date, adding that it was due to aggressive sensitisation campaign across the state.

“This is due mainly to the efforts of the administration in educating the people on the dangers of the virus,’’ she said.

Kolo expressed the desire of the government to collaborate with the association in order to further reduce the prevalence.

She said that government had paid its entire counterpart funding for all health assisted programmes in the state,

Speaking earlier, the state coordinator of the association, Malam Hassan Mustapha, thanked the government for its numerous assistance to members of the association.

Mustapha appealed to the government to redeem its pledge of donating a bus to the association.

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