Rivers State Leads the Country in HIV and AIDS Prevalence

By Solomon

16 November 2015

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The list is out – the one on the HIV AIDS prevalence rate in each of the states in Nigeria – and Rivers is leading the pack with 15.2%. The National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) has just released its detailed report on the prevalence rate of the virus in each state after carrying out a survey and a series of tests. Taraba is fast on Rivers’ heels, securing second spot with 10.5% and Kaduna State came third with 9.2% HIV AIDS prevalence rate.

Benue State has dipped in the rankings to 9th position after notoriously holding up to the top spot in the past. The wife of the state governor, Mrs Eunice Ortom expressed that the chances of the state achieving 0% prevalence rate is not an uphill task now that progress was being made at this rate due to the collaborative efforts of BENSACA and the various partners working to rid the state of the virus.

Nasarawa with 8.1%, FCT with 7.5%, Akwa Ibom with 6.5%, Sokoto with 6.4% and Oyo with 5.6% occupied the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth spots respectively on the chart.

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