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Coronavirus compared with other deadly viruses

The global death toll from COVID-19 passed three million on Saturday, with the pandemic already having killed more people than most other viral epidemics of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Gov. Simon Lalong in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Wednesday in Jos, said the roadmap was to brainstorm on economic recovery strategies for the state.

Plateau government abolishes user fees for HIV services in public hospitals

The Plateau Government has abolished the collection of user fees for Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) services in all public hospitals and health facilities in the state.
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Report: HIV treatment still expensive for many Nigerians

About 11.2 per cent of People Living With HIV (PLWHIV) in Nigeria still incur huge out-of-pocket costs for treatment, a new report has shown.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja.

Nigerian government restates commitment to ending HIV scourge

The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja restated its commitment to end the spread of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) scourge in the country.
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NACA: Young women three times more likely to contract HIV than men

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS on Friday cautioned young people to avoid risky sexual behaviour, while celebrating Valentine’s Day.

UNAIDS: 1.6 million Nigerians die of AIDS

Dr Erasmus Morah, the Country Representative, Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), says no fewer than 1.6 million Nigerians died of HIV/AIDS since the outbreak of the epidemic in 1985.
Fiona Braka, a representative of the UN agency, made this known at a press conference ahead of the 2020 World AIDS Day organised by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA).

UNAIDS: 45,000 persons living with HIV in Nigeria died in 2019

At least 45,000 persons living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria died in 2019, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Tuesday.
In its effort to ensure that the spread of the HIV virus is drastically reduced, the Federal Government has approved the inclusion of ”Wondfo HIV I and II rapid test kits” for use in the country.

Nigerian government approves new test kit for HIV

In its effort to ensure that the spread of the HIV virus is drastically reduced, the Federal Government has approved the inclusion of ”Wondfo HIV I and II rapid test kits” for use in the country.
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Nearly two million Nigerians living with HIV/AIDs – expert

A Paediatric Nurse and HIV Counselor, Mrs Roseline Solarin, has disclosed that no fewer than 1.9million Nigerians are living with HIV/AIDs.
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UN: AIDS deaths could double in sub-Saharan Africa due to coronavirus

The number of deaths from AIDS-related illnesses in sub-Saharan Africa could double if the provision of healthcare to HIV sufferers is disrupted during the coronavirus crisis, the United Nations said Monday.
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African health officials race to fill coronavirus test gap

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention plans to distribute a million COVID-19 test kits from next week to help the continent tackle a glaring shortfall in testing, its director, John Nkengasong, said Thursday.
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Coronavirus: UN warns against misuse of powers against vulnerable groups

The UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has warned against the misuse and abuse of emergency powers by governments to target marginalised and vulnerable populations.

UNAIDS: We’ll focus on Nigerian women to defeat HIV/AIDS

The Country Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Dr. Erasmus Morah, has said the programme would focus more on women in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Survey: Only 34 percent of Nigerians use condoms

The survey, titled ‘Condom accessibility and use in Nigeria’ was carried out by NOIpolls, in partnership with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and AIDS HealthCare Foundation (AHF).

Federal government approves new test kit for HIV

In its effort to ensure that the spread of the HIV virus is drastically reduced, the Federal Government has approved the use of a new test kit – Omega Visitect CD4 rapid test kit, to detect and monitor HIV infection.
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World AIDS Day: HIV infections rise in Brazil

For a long time, Brazil’s health care system was seen as a model for fighting HIV. But the number of infections is rising again, with the growing conservatism in society partly to blame, according to experts.

UNAIDS: 60,000 Lagos residents living with HIV/AIDS at large

The Country Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), Dr. Erasmus Morah, has revealed that out of the 120,000 Lagos residents living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV/AIDS 60,000 are yet to show up for treatment and are still at large.
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NACA: Over 60 per cent adolescent ignorant about HIV

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Wednesday revealed that over 60 per cent of adolescents and young people across the country do not have significant knowledge about HIV and adequate sexual education about the disease.
Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi is elected President of the Republic of Botswana, chief justice Terrence Rannowane announced.

Botswana’s newly-elected president vows to reform economy

Botswana’s newly-elected president Mokgweetsi Masisi vowed Saturday to make the economy his top priority in the diamond-rich country which is struggling with income inequality, high unemployment and a high rate of HIV.
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HIV/AIDS: Nigeria pledges $12 million to Global Fund

Nigeria has pledged a financial commitment of $12 million to the Global Fund towards tackling the menace of HIV/AIDS globally over the next three years. Nigeria also demonstrated a commitment to increase domestic resources for health and disease programmes.

Diamond-rich Botswana facing problems ahead of general elections

Diamond-rich Botswana is hailed for its stability, but the southern African nation struggles with income inequality, unemployment and a high rate of HIV.
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UNAIDS appoints new executive director

Winnie Byanyima has been appointed as the new Executive Director of UNAIDS and will also double as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General.

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Andres Iniesta signs two-year contract extension at Vissel Kobe

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Plot to ‘blackmail’ Peter Obi uncovered

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PDP demands minister’s sack over ‘lootings’ in NPA, NDDC

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WHO inaugurates appeal for purchase of oxygen, others in India

World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday inaugurated ”Together for India” appeal to help fund the UN agency’s work in India, including the purchase of oxygen, personal protective equipment and medicines.

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CBN governor seeks PPP model to improve healthcare infrastructure

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has urged stakeholders in the public and private sectors to collaborate to build a more healthy and robust healthcare infrastructure in Nigeria.

CBN governor: CACOVID’s relief support hits N25 billion

The efforts by the private sector Coalition Against Covid-19 led to the provision of N25bn relief materials to affected households, the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has said.

Senator Na’Allah: Party interests may delay new Electoral Act bill passage

The much-awaited Amended Electoral Act can only be passed into law and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari before the next general elections in Nigeria if members of the National Assembly decide to place the nation above party’s interest in the determination of the provisions of the new Electoral Act.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.

SERAP seeks probe of ‘N39.5 billion duplicated and mysterious projects’

SERAP said: “Any such investigation should establish whether public funds have been mismanaged, diverted or stolen in the guise of implementing the duplicated and mysterious projects. Anyone suspected to be responsible should face prosecution as appropriate, if there is sufficient admissible evidence, and any stolen public funds should be fully recovered.”