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Saturday, December 22, 2018

HIV Positive Youths Cry Out Over Extortion

The Adolescents, Youths under the aegis of Association of Positive Youth living with HIV in Nigeria (APYIN), have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent steps in addressing the challenges confronting the nation’s HIV response agenda which prevent them from accessing treatment services.






The group lamented that many of their members have been compelled to skip medical appointments owing to extortionist tendencies on the part of service providers and the poor psychosocial support available to them at treatment centres.


Speaking with reporters on Friday in Abuja, APYIN National Coordinator, Isah Mohammed, said: 

"The government of Nigeria signed an agreement with the US Government to provide counterpart funding of 25% for the HIV treatment and care but did not live up to this agreement. This has affected the provision of some laboratory services like chemistry and creatinine testing. 


“The treatment and care service providers have now used this as a window to charge fees for services, including consultancy and routine testing like CD4 Count Testing which are free in the program. This is extortion, especially, since the Minister of Health has declared in several forums and times that HIV services are free in Nigeria. “Many adolescents and youth living with HIV, especially the vulnerable and unemployed ones have resorted to skipping clinic appointments because of high medical bills. “Added to that, relevant psychosocial interventions that could address the emotional and psychological issues affecting the adolescents living with HIV are under-prioritised or completely left out in the treatment plan. 



“This is therefore a call to the government of President Buhari to save our souls by redeeming its pledges in funding agreements with partners and releasing the 1% Consolidated Revenue Fund for Health Programs. “We call on the Honourable Minister of Health to ensure that his pronouncement of free HIV services is met with quality oversight so that the services are truly free. “We also call on the people of Nigeria in this period of elections to use their PVC’s to demand for quality care for adolescents and youth living with HIV.”

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11 comments:

  1. we buy condemned inverter battery 0814139511322 December 2018 at 09:06

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    1. Osotimehin of blessed memory was a wonderful minister of health. He did not joke with HIV.

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  2. The fear of HIv is the begining of wisdom. Taking drugs daily is annoying. Me that I am taking pregnancy care drugs daily, is not easy talk less of big big hiv drugs. Now they won't even give you the thing for free. In Nigeria if you can lobby for party food when being invited for the party then you can lobby for anything. What a country? All they do is promise n fail. God I thank you for even after the waka as a young girl. Person no catch this disease. Just one body count is enough to infect one with the disease. God you too kind I swear. N my v first bf was a flirt. Yet God no let person see this kind thing. Thank you jesus

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    1. Me too follow u thank God oh, i fuck a few ashawo raw back in the days, but see me here 2day very clean, na just by Gods grace. Na wa

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  3. Haaaa,all my internship and Nysc days was at ARV clinic,who even has the mind to extort them.When the drugs are free,this is not nice

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    1. Even blind people sef they extort from them talkless of HIV patients?

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  4. Not An Ass Licker๐Ÿ‘…22 December 2018 at 11:40

    Chai Chai Chai...This is heart breaking.. What kind of Country is this for Pete's sake?. Is there any thing that can ever work in this country, even if it's just one? Can we ever get anything right?๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”

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    1. Even IDPs they won't distribute their rice to them

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  5. Arvs are free!!! Please visit tertiary centres like fmc abeokuta .

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  6. And my first boyfriend infected me with HIV....and to my family, I'm promiscuous that's why I got. Should I also thank God with you guys??? Well I cant question God and I'm sincerely I'm still alive after 18yrs of being infected and still strong, healthy and normal. Thank you Jesus!!

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