Nigeria: HIV/AIDS on Fast Decline in Zamfara



The Zamfara state Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Birnin-Magaji while speaking with newsmen on Friday has disclosed that HIV/AIDS is "now fast on the decline" in the state.

He said this was as a result of awareness campaigns embarked upon by the state government.

"We carried out these campaigns at any given opportunity including public functions, schools, motor parks, radio and television drama and jingles."

He said the effort had impacted significantly on the public in the state as the prevalence rate had dropped from 2.1 in 2012 to 0.4 in 2013.

He said eventhough national and international support in the fight against the disease had reduced, "we are very confident that the scourge would be a thing of the past, more especially that the Sharial legal system being operated in the state is also playing a significant role in moulding people's behaviours."

The commissioner however appealed to donor organisations both within and outside the nation to continue assisting the state government in its effort against spread of the disease noting that it was not only through sexual intercourse that one gets infected.

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