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In Maiduguri 5 Boko Haram victims diagnosed with HIV

This was disclosed on Wednesday, February 4, by Dr Ismaila Watila, the head of Business and Professional Women, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).

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An escaped Boko Haram victim narrating her ordeal play

An escaped Boko Haram victim narrating her ordeal

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Five victims of terrorist sect, Boko Haram have tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Maiduguri, Borno State.

This was disclosed on Wednesday, February 4, by Dr Ismaila Watila, the head of Business and Professional Women, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).

The victims are said to be living in the Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in Maiduguri.

“We are conducting free screening for IDPs on HIV, Malaria and other disease conditions. The programme is being conducted by the Business and Professional Women in conjunction with the National Agency for Control of Aids and the Sure-P,” Watila said.

“We started on Monday and so far we have screened over 1,000 out of the 8,000 IDPs in the camp. Out of these, only five have tested positive to HIV/AIDS. Statistically, the number appeared insignificant as it represents just about 0.5 per cent of those screened. But as a doctor, I see the number as alarming, because it is a dangerous trend,’’ he added.

Watila also said that the infected victims had been properly counselled and referred for treatment.

“What we do usually is to treat those who tested positive to malaria and other diseases immediately. Those who tested positive to HIV/AIDS will be counselled and transferred to the State Specialists Hospital for proper medication,” he said.

Watila said, “We also conduct education campaigns on the IDPs camps to enlighten them on how to play safe. The whole thing is to reduce the prevalence of disease condition in the camps,” he added.

Maiduguri has received an influx of Boko Haram victims due to the attacks on neighbouring communities in the state.

The capital itself has been attacked twice, once on January 25 and again on February 1, by the insurgents but both attacks were repelled by troops.

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