Five internally displaced persons in Maiduguri, Borno State, have tested positive to HIV/AIDS.
Their status was confirmed during a screening for Malaria and HIV/AIDS by a non-governmental organization.
This was disclosed by leader of the group, Dr Ismaila Watila, on Wednesday, February 4, in an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri.
He explained that the five displaced people were part of the 1000 people that have so far been screened by the group in partnership with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA).
“We are conducting free screening for IDPs on HIV, Malaria and other diseases. We started on Monday and so far we have screened over 1,000 out of the 8,000 IDPs in the camps,” he said.
Watila explained that the aim of the exercise is to find out the health status of the IDPs and prevent spread of the disease in camps, adding that the affected persons have already been counselled and referred for treatment.