AIDS a Threat to Nigeria's Security: Defense Secretary
February 3, 2006
On a visit to a Nigerian air force hospital Thursday, Minister of State for Defense Roland Oritsejafor praised a partnership with the United States to improve military hospitals and said HIV/AIDS is a threat to the country's security. In response to the epidemic, Nigeria in 1991 launched its Armed Forces Program on HIV/AIDS. The ministry's partnership with the US Department of Defense has led to improvements at four military medical facilities across the country. In several military hospitals, an emergency plan has begun supplying free antiretroviral therapy and HIV testing to military officials, their families and civilians in the barracks and in nearby communities, Oritsejafor said.
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