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Spread Of HIV/AIDS Scourge In Edo Worries Expert

The Executive Director, Centre for Population and Environmental Development, University of Benin, Professor Andrew Onokerhoraye, has expressed fear on Nigeria’s future over the spread of Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) among young people.

He spoke on Wednesday while presenting a paper entitled: “Young People at Risk of HIV/AIDS in Edo State: What should we do?” at a presentation of the African Journal Reproductive Health (AJRH) published by the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) held in Benin City.

Onokerhoraye, who called on the Federal Government to increase funds which it budgeted to control the dreaded disease across the country in order to increase the awareness programmes among the youths, pointed out that the recent increase from N2 billion to N5 billion as fund meant for intervention measure against HIV/AIDS was not enough.

Onokerhoraye, a former Vice-Chancellor of University of Benin (UNIBEN) also said that even the insignificant fund was difficult to access for programmes.

 

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