3m Nigerians Infected With HIV/Aids,
March 20, 2003
Posted to the web March 20, 2003
Minister for Cooperation and Integration
in Africa, Chief (Dr.) Bimbola Ogunkelu, has revealed that
about 3.47 million Nigerians are infected with the dreaded
disease, HIV/AIDS, with one person getting infected every
minute, while about 1.4 million are dead so far.
He therefore called for an urgent and
appropriate intervention to combat the pandemic, which
continues to decimate the productive segment of humanity.
Ogunkelu made this remark at the 8th
annual lecture of the Stephen Oluwole Awokoya Fo-undation for
Science Education and award of post-graduate scholarships held
at Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, during which some deserving
students were awarded scholarships.
He said the theme of the lecture by
Prof. 'Ronke Akinsete, "Breaking the Silence on HIV/AIDS:
The Role of the Community", was very apt, considering
that HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and related infectious diseases
constituted the most challenging pandemic confronting Africa
The Minister emphasised the need to
promote the sharing of information about effective strategies
and best practices. He said education attuned to local,
cultural and social realities is the key to halting the spread
"Our communities must wake up to
accept responsibility for acquiring the necessary education
and strategies for the prevention of this scourge.
"We must provide information, care
and support for people living with HIV/AIDS", he said.