Information emerging from the office of the Director-General of the Cross River State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (SACA), Mrs Irene Aniyom, says that at least 56,350 persons in the state are currently living with the HIV virus.
Mrs Aniyom made the announcement during an interview with journalists in Calabar on Tuesday. According to her, “Today in the state, we have 56,350 people living with the virus; we have to update it on a regular basis since 2005.”
She also pointed out that the infected persons are receiving anti-retroviral drugs at different centres in the state, noting that the SACA had formed a group known as “Cross River Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS,’’ to monitor the infected persons. She continues, “… in this network, we have 80 support groups of people living with the virus, with a minimum of 25 persons in each group.’’
When one considers the fact that Cross River is not the sate with the most cases of the disease in the country, then it becomes very obvious that there is still a long way to go as far as managing the HIV/AIDS in Nigeria is concerned.