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54 Babies Born in Nasarawa State Tested Positive to HIV

The Executive Director of Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency ( NASACA ), Dr Zakari Umar, has said that not fewer than 54 babies delivered between January and September in the state tested positive to HIV.

Umar made the shocking revelation on Thursday in Lafia while having an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Dr Zakari Umar stated that 54 pregnant women who keyed into the Prevention of Mother- to- Child Transmission (PMTCT) HIV programme in 2017, out of the 1,194 of them transmitted the virus to their babies.

He however stressed  that cases of transmission recorded were due to lack of adherence to medical advice and refusal to take prescribed drugs. In his words;

“Science has proven that it is possible to totally eradicate mother to child transmission of HIV if pregnant women adhere to medical advice and take their drugs regularly.

“Those women whose babies tested positive must have refused to comply with their drug regimen during pregnancy,”

According to him, the case of mother to child transmission of HIV in the state has reduced over the years due to sensitisation and other preventive measures taken by stakeholders. Records from 2016 indicated that 66 babies were born with HIV.

Umar advised members of the public to avoid acts that would make them vulnerable to the virus, adding “the virus is not yet over hence the need for people to take preventive measures.”

The executive director urged people to get tested to enable them know their status in order to curtail spread of the disease.

He said the state had domesticated the anti stigmatisation law aimed at protecting those living with the virus.

Umar, therefore, advised those being stigmatised on the account of the disease to always seek redress at the appropriate quarter.

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Oscar Pistorius involved in prison fight; Injured

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Oscar Pistorius involved in prison fight; Injured

Jailed South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was reportedly involved in a brawl in prison and has been hurt, less than two weeks after his sentence for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was more than doubled.

Pistorius was allegedly involved in a fight over the use of a public phone, a prison department spokesman ingabakho Nxumalo told the BBC.

The amputee who was jailed for 13 years and five months, only sustained minor bruises, No other serious injuries were reported, the spokesman said. IN his words;

“It is alleged that he was involved in an altercation with another inmate over the use of a public phone in the special care unit where both offenders are detained at Attridgeville Correctional Centre,”.

Investigation has been launched to “establish the facts and to ensure that appropriate action is taken as incidents of assaults are not allowed”, Nxumalo said.

The widely reported brawl took place on 6 December, 10 days after South African prosecutors successfully argued Pistorius’ “shockingly light” six-year sentence should be increased.

 

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13 African Countries Nigerian Can Visit Without A Visa

Wondering somewhere in Africa to use enjoyment and kill yourself during your vacation, honeymoon or any experience, without having to go through the stress of applying for a visit visa?

Worry no more because we’ve got you. We bring you the list of 13 African Countries Nigerian Can Visit Without a Visa.

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Kidnapped Senator Ayo Arise regains freedom

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BREAKING: Senator Ayo Arise Kidnapped

Senator Ayo Arise whom we reported days ago was kidnapped by unknown gunmen while on his way to Abuja has regained his freedom.

As at the time of this publication, details of his release hasn’t been made public as a result who can state if if any ransom was paid.

It was speculated that the kidnappers has reduced their demand from N80 million naira to N50 million naira. However, the President of Oye Progressives Union which is the Umbrella Association of the Indigenes of Oye, Mr. Akin Omole, confirmed the release of the All Progressives Congress chieftain. in his words;

“Yes, I’ve heard from him and he told us that he has regained his freedom. We are immensely grateful to God Almighty and to everyone who acted one way or the other for his release,” he said in a telephone chat with newsmen.

Oye Ekiti is highly grateful and we are saying thank you. OPU on behalf of the Oye Ekiti community is grateful to everyone who contributed in several ways towards ensuring that our illustrious son is freed without being harmed,”.

 

Arise was kidnapped on Sunday along Okene-Abuja highway while traveling back to Abuja from his country-home in Oye-Ekiti.

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