Federal Government to fight HIV and AIDS through NHIS

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The Federal Government said on Monday that it would support the fight against HIV and AIDS programmes through the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2018.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this at the opening of a two-day Nigeria HIV and AIDS intervention symposium in Abuja.

Adewole said that the support had become important because of the prevalence of the epidemic in the country and the world at large.

He explained that in 2016, the UNAIDS report had revealed that 36.7 people live with HIV and AIDS globally, out of which Nigeria contributed 10 percent of this burden.

According to him, out of every 10 HIV positive persons in the world is a Nigerian.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is poised to reverse this ugly trend by making prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV infection one of the signatory projects in the health…

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