Cross River State Still HIV Endemic – NACA

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By Cynthia Michael

Participants being tested
Participants being tested

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA has identified Cross River and 11 other states as well as the Federal Capital Territory as HIV endemic states in the country.

Director-General of NACA, Prof. John Idoko, said this in Ikom, Cross River, at the opening of a four-day free HIV and health integrated program organized by NACA in conjunction with New Horizon and Aids Development Initiative, NHADI and the Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals.

He listed the other states to include Lagos, Oyo, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Plateau, Benue, Sokoto, Edo, Rivers and Kano.

Idoko, who was represented by the Acting Director, Program Coordination Department, NACA, Dr Priscilla Ibekwe, said the exercise is a regular routine by her agency.

She added that their presence in Ikom will leave an indelible mark that will not be forgotten easily maintaining that they will always do everything within their purview to ensure effecting management and control of the HIV virus.

Earlier, the CEO of New Horizon and Aids Development Initiative, NHADI, Dr. Ebi Owoubiri enjoined participants to always know their health status irrespective of any fear or challenge as the case may be.

She said her office is always open to all and sundry as far as they issues they have concern AIDS.

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