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HIV/AIDS Spreading In Rural Nigeria - 2002-10-22


In Nigeria, health officials say aids is increasing, especially among young people. The government is stepping up its efforts to reduce the spread of the disease through educational programs in schools. But critics say it’s still not doing enough. They’re calling for more awareness campaigns and better care for those already infected.

Dr. Philip Njemanze is the director of Chidicom Medical Center, in Owerri, southeastern Nigeria. The hospital is one of the few private facilities that care for HIV/AIDS victims. Dr. Njemanze says the government must fine-tune its strategy for tackling the disease. He also says certain cultural norms must be changed as part of the effort.

Dr. Njemanze says such cultural norms include giving equal rights and opportunities to women and empowering them to make decisions about their reproductive life. Reporter Chinedu Offor asked him how to rate current government strategy to contain new infections

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