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47 Nigerian children, adolescents die every day from AIDS-related causes - UNICEF —
A global snapshot on children, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ahead of the World AIDS Day revealed that about 47 children and adolescents died every day from AIDS-related causes in 2018.
The report revealed that only 35 percent of children living with HIV have access to life-saving treatment.
To end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat for future generations, UNICEF is urging governments and partners to improve HIV testing and treatment data for children and adolescents to better respond to the needs of this vulnerable population.
The UN body also stressed the need to invest in and implement effective and innovative interventions to urgently close the persistent testing and treatment gap for children and adolescents living with HIV.
According to a statement made available to the Daily Times, low access to antiretroviral treatment and limited prevention efforts are the leading causes for these deaths, with only 54 per cent of children aged 0-14 living with HIV globally in 2018 or 790,000 children – receiving lifesaving antiretroviral therapy.
Reacting to the development, UNICEF Country Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins said that progress has been made in the battle against HIV and AIDS – but that there is need to do more especially when it comes to Nigerian children and adolescents.
“Testing and treating for children and adolescents is a matter of life and death – and we must choose life.”
According to latest global data, regional disparities in access to treatment among children living with HIV is very high – with West and Central Africa faring worst.
Access is highest in South Asia, at 91 per cent, followed by the Middle East and North Africa (73 percent), Eastern and Southern Africa (61 percent), East Asia and the Pacific (61 percent), Latin America and the Caribbean (46 percent) and West and Central Africa (28 percent).
Access to treatment by children living with HIV in Nigeria is only 35 percent.
Mothers’ access to antiretroviral therapy to prevent the transmission of the virus to their babies has increased globally, however, reaching 82 per cent, up from 44 per cent less than 10 years ago. This figure in Nigeria is 44 percent, up from 22 percent in 2009.
“It is good news that more and more pregnant women are receiving antiretroviral treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, which has helped avert about 2 million new HIV infections and prevented the deaths of over 1 million children under five years old around the word,” said Peter Hawkins.
“But we need to see the same kind of progress in ensuring that children who already have the virus are receiving lifesaving treatment.
HIV programmes need to be fully funded and equipped to preserve, protect and improve the quality of life for Nigerian children. We cannot and must not abandon these children,” said Hawkins.
Additional data from the report include: In 2018, around 160,000 children aged 0-9 were newly infected with HIV, bringing the total number of children in this age group living with HIV to 1.1 million.
89,000 children under the age of five were infected during pregnancy or birth and 76,000 were infected during breastfeeding in 2018
140,000 adolescent girls were newly infected with HIV in 2018, compared to 50,000 adolescent boys.
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Public Alert No. 0011/2019 – Recall of Eva Premium Table Water 75cl Due to Change in Colour and Presence of Particles.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has directed Nigerian Bottling Company Limited to recall Eva Premium Table Water 75cl as a precautionary step pending investigation by the Agency. The company voluntarily reported to NAFDAC on June 20, 2019, a change in colour of the product from colourless to light green and presence of particles in two lots.
The affected Eva Premium Table Water 75cl was produced between 22nd and 23rdMay, 2019 at Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Asejire, Ibadan, Oyo State.
The details of the affected Eva Premium Table Water 75cl are:
Name of Product. Production Date. Best Before Date
Eva Premium Table Water 75cl. 22/05/19.14.27 AC4220520
Eva Premium Table Water 75cl. 23/05/19.15.15 AC4230520
Eva Premium Table Water 75cl produced by Nigerian Bottling Company is registered by NAFDAC. The NAFDAC Registration Nu…
THE General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, Saturday, maintained that the church will not be handed over to ‘rascals’ who are not portraying the image of Christ in their character.
Kumuyi made the declaration via a satellite broadcast from headquarters of the church in Lagos, while teaching on the topic, ‘Fear Not: The Promise Is Still Good’ during the Faith Clinic session at the ongoing Deeper Life National December Retreat, holding at the Deeper Life Conference Centre (DLCC), which started on Friday, December 21 and ends December 25.
He said the church will not condone any form of rascality and rebellion because the word of God never encourages that and is a strange behaviour capable of taking one to hell fire.
He said: “We are not going to hand the church over to rascals, over to rebellious people that want to scatter everything that is good that the Lord is doing. If you …