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Committee Explains Prevalence Of HIV/AIDS In Akwa Ibom
By CLIFFORD AGBAJOR
UYO - The compact nature of Akwa Ibom communities is one of the major reasons for the high rate of HIV and AIDS spread in the state.
Dr Martin Akpan, Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Action Committee on HIV and AIDS (SACA), gave the reasons in an interview with newsmen in Uyo.
“We dropped from the second position to the fourth on the national chart on HIV and AIDS, but it is still not good enough.
“Akwa Ibom is a very compact state with a very mobile population and in terms of development it is a big boost to our state.
“But in terms of the spread of communicable diseases it is a big disadvantage,’’ he said. The SACA boss also blamed what he called “prophets of denial” as some of the factors responsible for the spread of the scourge in Akwa Ibom.
“Some churches tell their members that HIV and AIDS are not real. “Some of these mushroom churches and so-called pastors preach to their adherents that if there is anything like HIV and AIDS, it is not caused by a virus.
“They tell their followers that HIV and AIDS are caused by the power of witchcraft, which is not true,” he said.
Akpan also listed stigmatisation as another factor that promoted the spread of HIV and AIDS in Akwa Ibom.
“By the time you discriminate against people living with AIDS, they go underground and continue to spread the virus secretly to people.
“We cannot talk about the high prevalence of HIV and AIDS in the state without talking about the activities of the riverine people.
“The main occupation of the people is fishing. Most of them leave their homes to stay in fishing settlements, which has grave implication for family unity and fidelity.
“In the 2005 zero prevalence survey, we discovered that the highest prevalence rate was recorded in Oron in the entire country,” he said.
The SACA chief said that the activities of “medical quacks’’ were part of the problems. “Most of them use needles and razors and these are things that actually drive the epidemic in the state,’’ Akpan said.
He said among the factors identified for the spread of AIDS during field studies was that of the “unprotected” shoreline of Akwa Ibom.
“This attracts people to the state and most of them foreigners with their own problems,” he said.
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In Nigeria’s Rivers State, in the Niger Delta, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is among the highest in the country. Poverty, the oil industry and a lack of awareness about AIDS have all played a role in the spread of HIV.
Dr. Emi Membere-Otaji, the commissioner of health in Rivers State, says the prevalence of HIV in the region is seven-point-seven percent. He says the rate has risen dramatically over the last few years. Dr. Membere-Otaji says since oil has polluted farmlands and fishing areas, there is little for the people to do. As a result, he says, many parents offer their daughters to oil workers, hoping to get money for food and school through prostitution. He says even married women will turn to sex work. He also says many young people, those between 15 and 49, engage in risky behavior with migrant workers, because otherwise there is little for them to do for entertainment.
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|Re: Akwa Ibom Girls Have The Highest Aids In Nigeria Beating Tivs Girls To #2 by $osisi(f): 1:45am On May 27, 2009|
Nigeria's Rivers State has an HIV/AIDS prevalence of 5.4%, compared with the national average of 4.4%, IRIN/PlusNews reports. In addition to the delta conflict, there are multiple factors contributing to the spread of HIV in the state, according to IRIN/PlusNews. A National HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health Survey found the region has the highest incidence of sex work and the largest number of people who have sex with more than one partner per year . The city of Port Harcourt, which has a sea port and international airport, also is a popular destination for migrants. Okeh said, "We are finding a rising [HIV] prevalence in rural farming and fishing communities -- we have communities with very high unemployment rates." Okeh also said he is concerned that unrest in the region will undo the work his committee and nongovernmental organizations have done. He said that at the very least, a "crisis situation means that you don't have time to listen to [HIV/AIDS] messages -- you're thinking of your immediate survival."
According to IRIN/PlusNews, Rivers State has an estimated 120,000 HIV-positive people, of whom about 5,230 currently receive antiretroviral drugs through seven public health centers. One of the centers, located on an island an hour boat ride from Port Harcourt, receives supplies irregularly because of the threat of piracy. David Fabara, coordinator of antiretrovirals and surveillance in the state, said, "We suspect there definitely will be a problem of [drug] resistance" as a result of treatment interruption. Okeh added that the insecurity of the situation is "very challenging, because we are in a situation of a widespread epidemic with very high prevalence across http://www.thebody.com/content/news/art48221.html
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|Re: Akwa Ibom Girls Have The Highest Aids In Nigeria Beating Tivs Girls To #2 by $osisi(f): 11:51pm On May 30, 2009|
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Your Rivers state has the highest number of kidnappings, armed robbery,Molests, prostitution, AIDS even Ogbanje and Owu mmiri
sotay mother and daughter dey sleep with white man and his dog for money.
Na for only Rivers state we dey hear that kain tale.
Open your mouth again.
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