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14 IDPs tested positive for HIV in Yobe State

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By Becky John

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) on Thursday confirmed that 14 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) tested positive out of 2,109 screened for HIV/AIDS in Yobe. Dr Aminu Fikin, NACA Project Coordinator in Yobe, disclosed this to the news men in Nguru, Yobe. Fikin said that 759 people in Nguru, 850 in Jakusko, 400 in Gashua, 400 in Yusufari and 250 in Jajimaji local government areas were tested for the virus.

He said 10 people in Nguru and four in Gashua tested positive and were referred for Anti-Retroviral Therapy at the Federal Medical Centre, Nguru.

“The IDPs are from Baga, Malum Fatori and Askira local government areas in Borno; Michika, Uba and Mubi in Adamawa, and Buni Yadi, Damaturu and Geidam in Yobe state,” he said.
Aminu said the exercise was to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS virus among the IDPs and their host communities.
The project coordinator said 6,000 IDPs were targeted for the exercise. He appealed to all new arrivals to avail themselves for the screening to ensure the success of the exercise.
“NACA has provided all needed kits to ensure that every IDP is screened to establish his or her status to prevent the spread of the virus and we appreciate the cooperation of the displaced persons,” said Fikin.

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