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Health News of Thursday, 9 September 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

HIV: 44,000 Nigerian drug users who share needles spread the virus

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A total of 44,000 Nigerian drug users who share needles and syringes in groups while ingesting drugs are to blame for the spread of HIV in the country.

Dr Gambo Aliyu, Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) revealed this in Abuja on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

According to him, the exchange of needles and syringes by drug users was one of the greatest causes of the spread of HIV, Hepatitis and other diseases.

He made the statement at the presentation of the Evaluation Report on Assessment of Pilot Needle and Syringe programme for people who ingest Drugs in Nigeria.

“People who ingest drugs constitute a significant group that live with and spread HIV.

“The pilot strategy is to ensure that people who ingest drugs don’t exchange needles or syringes to reduce the spread of HIV," he said.