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NGO leader, Maiduguri, Dr. Ismaila Watila, revealed that out of 1,000 people tested in the camp (Internally Displaced Person’s Camp), in Maiduguri, Borno State, five persons tested positive, meaning diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
He said the 1,000 IDPs were screened for malaria and HIV/AIDS. See Excerpts detailed:
“We are conducting free screening for IDPs on HIV, Malaria and other disease conditions.
“The programme is being conducted by the Business and Professional Women in conjunction with the National Agency for Control of Aids and the Sure-P.”
“We started on Monday and so far we have screened over 1,000 out of the 8,000 IDPs in the camp. Out of these, only five have tested positive to HIV/AIDS,’’ he said.
“Statistically, the number appeared insignificant as it represents just about 0.5 per cent of those screened. But as a doctor, I see the number as alarming, because it is a dangerous trend,’’ he added.
Watila added that the affected IDPs had already been counselled and referred for treatment.
“What we do usually is to treat those who tested positive to malaria and other diseases immediately. Those who tested positive to HIV/AIDS will be counselled and transferred to the State Specialists Hospital for proper medication,”
“We also conduct education campaigns on the IDPs camps to enlighten them on how to play safe. The whole thing is to reduce the prevalence of disease condition in the camps.’’ he added