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41% Of Nigerians Living With HIV —Report |The Republican News

By Cynthia Alo

A report has revealed that about 41 percent of persons from Lagos, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Oyo and Kano  states in Nigeria are now living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV.

This is even as Nigeria is reportedly the country with the second largest  number of persons living with the infection totaling 1.9 million according to the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA.

In a statement  made available to Vanguard by the Hacey Health Initiative,  in collaboration  with the United Nations Population Fund Youth Participatory Platform, UNFPA YPP, it was gathered that over 100,000 youths were empowered in four states in the southwest region  through the “Beyond Treatment for Us” (BT4U) Project.

The BT4U project aims to raise awareness, train, and grant young people access to available sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS services.

The statement further explained that globally, HIV/AIDS is a leading cause of mortality among young people and according to UNAIDS, adding that in 2020, 37.7 million people were living with HIV, “and of these people, 36.0 million are adults, while 1.7 million are children between ages 0–14 years.”


The Coordinator at UNFPA/YPP, George Adjete, said: “Apart from reaching over 100,000 people through social media, the project provided Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV/AIDS counselling services to 100 young people. In addition, BT4U trained over 300 adolescents on menstrual hygiene.

“The project also provided 63 young people with free HIV testing services.”Fifty young people trained on evidence-based SRH policy advocacy, 100,591 young people reached with information and support via social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).”


The project was initiated in July 2021 in response to the new political declaration on AIDS 2021 and the emergence of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.(Vanguard News)

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HIV Patient Dies After Claim By Pastor Alph Lukau That He Was “Healed” |RN

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Controverisial Pentecostal Preacher, Pastor Alph Lukau

By Muza Mpofu

For four years, Zakhele lived a healthy life with HIV. But he made a decision that proved to be fatal.

“He said he was healed and stopped taking ARVs,” said his sister Nomthandazo Ndaba.

The 40-year-old from Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, said her brother started attending Alleluia Ministries International in 2016.

Nomthandazo said her brother was a staunch follower of the church.

“He never missed a service. He insisted on going even when he was clearly not fit to attend,” she said.

In October the family got a surprise visit from home-based care workers.

“They came to ask us why they hadn’t seen Zakhele at the clinic.

“He refused to listen to them when they begged him to take his treatment.”

Zakhele died in December, aged 34.

“In his final days Zakhele was weak. He had blisters all over his body. He looked nothing like the person he was when he first went to that church.”

In a church video Zakhele is seen lying on a hospital bed, with Pastor Alph Lukau praying for him.

After the prayers Zakhele starts walking around. A message then appears: “He’s healed of TB, diabetes and HIV.”

In a statement, church spokeswoman Busi Gaca said the church believes that medicine and the church are not separate.

“We have qualified medical doctors serving under Pastor Lukau,” she said.

“The church always states that the person must go back to their doctors to verify their healing.”

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She said the video shows Pastor Lukau laying hands on the man, who then gets up after receiving healing from God.

“At no stage does Pastor Lukau tell the man he’s healed. It’s rather his own testimony that he has received a miracle from God,” Gaca said.

In February, Pastor Lukau made headlines after claiming to have resurrected a Zimbabwean man who had ‘died’ in South Africa.

Lukau later published a statement on Facebook denying he resurrected anyone, instead blaming the man’s family for misinformation after the false miracle was exposed.

(DailySun)

 

 

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81,871 People Live With HIV/AIDS In Ondo State – Agency Report |The Republican News

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From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

No fewer than 81,871 people have been infected with the Human Immuno deficiency Virus in Ondo State. A report presented by the state’s agency for the control of Aids indicated that 5,048 people were newly infected, 8,048 were on treatment while 4,701 women tested positive to the disease. The report added…
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