Over 2m Nigerians Are Receiving AIDS Treatment Says NACA

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) says about 1,090,233 people is receiving anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria as at June this year. Dr. Gregoary Ashefor, the Acting Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation of NACA, made the revelation in an interview on Thursday in Lagos. He spoke on the sidelines of a workshop organized by the Federal Ministry of Health, NACA and the Global Fund, an international financing group. The theme of the three-day workshop is: “Prioritization of National Health Management Information System, Procurement and Supply Management and Laboratory Systems’ Interventions in the Resilient and Sustainable System for Health (RSSH) Proposal and Partners Mapping of Global Fund Support in Nigeria”. Ashefor said that the U.S. President’s Emergency Plans for AIDS Relief was responsible for about 75 to 80% of the treatment while the Global Fund was responsible for about 20%. The acting director said that the Federal Government was planning to include an additional 50,000 people from Taraba and Abia to receive treatment. CPC Warn Nigerian against Sniper Treated Beans. The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has alert Nigerians on the dangers of not parboiling their beans extensively before consumption. The director general, Babatunde Irukera, said the warning became necessary after the agency received information that has already gone viral on reported use of sniper by retailers to preserve beans. He said consumers must make sufficient enquiries before engaging in new purchases of beans as available information at the weekend revealed retailers have already built a huge stock of commodity. Apart from the cooking method and enquiries before purchase, the council said consumers must wash their food items sufficiently before cooking. The statement said, “In any and every case, thoroughly washing food items before consumption or preparation for consumption is a generally accepted method of protecting and promoting safety.” Also, the statement said the consumer protection agency recently confirmed credible information that retailers, mostly in the open market, were using a pesticide, 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate (DDVP) compound, otherwise marketed and known as “Sniper” to preserve beans, ostensibly to eliminate or protect from weevils. Mr. Irukera said, “Sniper, by its chemical composition and nature, is potentially injurious when human beings are unduly exposed by inhalation, absorption, direct skin contact or ingestion. The risk of injury on account of consumption of beans exposed to, or treated with Sniper is also existential, even though, an unintended consequence.” To further mitigate possible dangers consumers could be exposed to, he said the Council was already collaborating with other relevant regulatory authorities to address the emergent dangerous situation.

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