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Why HIV is prevalent in Cross River – Govt

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The Cross River State Government has attributed the high prevalence of HIV in the state to the uncontrolled movement of people from neighboring states, including Cameroon, Benue, and Akwa Ibom.

Dr. Henry Egbe Ayuk, Commissioner for Health, and Dr. Etim Ayi, Permanent Secretary of the state’s primary health development agency, revealed this during a media briefing in preparation for the celebration of World AIDS Day in Calabar.

HIV data show that the epicentres of HIV are in local communities next to Cameroon, where people moved into Cross River unchecked,” Dr. Ayuk explained. “There are such places in neighboring states like Obaliku LGA which is next to Benue State. There are such places, too, next to Akwa Ibom State and other nearby states.

The commissioner further disclosed that the state has achieved over 70% of HIV treatment targets, but despite this progress, new HIV cases continue to be recorded. He emphasized the need for continued mass testing and community sensitization to curb the spread of HIV.

Dr. Ayi reiterated the importance of community involvement in addressing the HIV epidemic, urging residents to minimize unrestricted movement across borders to prevent new infections.

 

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