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“The only thing necessary for these diseases to the triumph is for good people and governments to do nothing.”


3m Nigerians Infected With HIV/Aids, Says Ogunkelu

Mary Ekah

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 today.


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 of HIV/AIDS.

"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.