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HIV prevalence in prisons higher than general population – UNODC



The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said that the prevalence of HIV among people in prisons is higher than the general population.

Mr. Oliver Stolpe, Representative of UNODC, Nigeria, said this in his speech on the UNODC outreach meeting to commemorate Nelson Mandela Day in Abuja on Thursday.

Nelson Mandela Day is a day to commemorate Mandela’s rules that stipulate that inmates must enjoy the same health care standards that are available in the community.

In addition, it specifies that health services should be organized in close relationship with the public health administration in general for the continuity of treatment and care, including HIV, tuberculosis and infectious diseases.

Stolpe said the record was from a study conducted in early 2019 by UNODC in partnership with the National Agency for AIDS Control (NACA), the Nigeria Prisons and the Heartland Alliance.

“The study concluded that the prevalence of HIV among people in prisons was 2.8 percent, which represents a double rate in the general population of 1.4 percent,” he said.

The UNODC official explained that the study also identified a number of factors that significantly increased the risk of HIV transmission among prisoners.

However, he said that the broadcast was in commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s day, which is celebrated on July 18 of each year, which stipulates the rights of inmates to adequate medical care.

Stolpe noted that “Rule 24 of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, also known as the Nelson Mandela Rules, considers the medical care of inmates to be” State responsibility ”

According to him, unreliable HIV tests at admission, insufficient access to retrovirus treatment and high-risk sexual behavior are responsible for the prevalence.

Stolpe, who praised the progress made so far in reducing national HIV prevalence, identified injecting drugs as one of the main causes of prevalence.

He said that reducing the prevalence of HIV / AIDS among prisoners was not only a matter of compliance with international standards, but was also essential to contain the epidemic among the general population.

Likewise, Dr. Erasmus Morah, Country Director, United Nations Agency for HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) said that keeping communities at the center of the HIV response, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized, such as people in prisons was the surest way for Nigeria to end AIDS. epidemic.

Moran, who stressed the importance of the UNODC study, said that the key population and their partners represent 54% of new HIV infections worldwide.

Dr. Gambo Aliyu, Director General of the National Agency for AIDS Control (NACA) pledged to continue fighting the spread of HIV / AIDS in Nigeria, including among the key population that includes prisons and internally displaced persons.

The General Controller of the Prisons of Nigeria, Mr. Ja’afaru Ahmed, thanked the UNODC and its partners for the attention given to the inmates.

The Comptroller, who was represented by Husaina Kore, Deputy Comptroller of Prisons, said that information on the prevalence of HIV in prisons was carried out for the last time in 2000, thanking UNODC for carrying out a new study.

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Edo: PDP charges Obaseki to prosecute those connected to Central Hospital project




The People Democratic Party (PDP), in the state of Edo, has asked the Commission for Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC), the Commission for Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes (ICPC) and other interested authorities to prosecute and imprison all those related to the poor execution of the project and commissioning of the multi-million dollar state of the Central Hospital of the City of Benin.

The president of the state party, Dan Orbih, made the call in Benin while expressing the views of the party about the state project.

He said that the governor of the state had been told that the project was fraudulent, that he should have obtained enough evidence to that effect and that he should put all the machinery in place to deal with those who are related to him.

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“The present intervention of the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki who is the godson of the past governor, Comr Adams Aliuyu Oshiomhole may be political, he should not use it to settle their current political disagreements within the APC. But we commend him for the courage.

“Before the government will come out with a statement that the central hospital today is a fraud, they must have seen even more documents than the ones that are available to the public.

“They have come to a conclusion that that project is a scam. What is expected of the government, is to immediately put in place actions that will bring all those connected to the fraud to book.

“They should be charged to court and let it do justice to the case. It has been established by the government that the contract was overinflated, and the contract as awarded was fully paid for.

“we are in a government that claimed to be fighting corruption. EFCC should not look elsewhere, let them come here and do their job”, Orbih”

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The state PDP chairman noted that when the party raised concern about the shoddy job done at the central hospital some years ago, they were not taken seriously and not until Gov Obaseki has decided to open the can of worm in the hospital. The 200-bed accident and emergency ward are poorly equipped and non-functional, it is the most expensive hospital ward in the world.

No single patient has been treated or admitted since the commissioning of the blood pressure test and diagnostic services in the glorified edifice.

We are happy that after several past denials and defence by Godwin Obaseki’s government, they have now come out to admit that the project is a fraud.

“By 2016, the government had wasted over N10,267,413,000.00 and every year, the Obaseki Government have been allocating and spending millions of Naira to “complete” the already commissioned project.”

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I inherited debt profile of N3bn from my predecessor – University of Calabar Teaching Hospital CMD




The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Prof. Ikpeme A. Ikpeme, has said that he acquired an obligation profile of about N3billion from the previous organization of the medical clinic driven by Prof Thomas Agan.

Revealing this in a gathering with the contractual workers, the new CMD bemoaned his powerlessness to pay the temporary workers, accusing the enormous obligation profile deserted by his antecedent.

He, in any case, bid for their understanding and collaboration as the two months old administration under his authority will work out an installment plan for them.

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“We welcomed you to offer your understanding. We are merely battling now. Furthermore, it’s a battle to get moving and getting the spot to work as it should. We have additionally guaranteed you that we will typically put aside a specific level of our profit and enable it to amass when it gets to a particular level we will call you and attempt to check and pay you in clumps regardless of how little; based on first started things out serve.

“Along these lines, the man who was owed since 2010 will normally be viewed as first. We will set up a council, and occasionally they will ring you. We are likewise going to have a database of our temporary workers so that those of you, who are as yet intrigued to work with us, will be enrolled and when we have employments we will go to that pool and get them”.

“I don’t figure any CMD will get a kick out of the chance to acquire an obligation profile of N2.5Billion to N3Billion. On the off chance that we have, we would have paid you a whole like one million each; no matter how you look at it to demonstrate to you that we are focused on paying and will join forces with you. Be that as it may, we don’t have” the CMD expressed.

He further stated, “We won’t mislead you. This administration won’t deceive you. When we have, we will let you know. Give us some time. We are filling in as hard as we can to guarantee we settle or possibly start the way toward settling the obligation. We comprehend the challenges even in your families that some can’t pay school charges and different obligations.”

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Prof Ikpeme lamented that the medical clinic just progressed and the well-prepared emergency vehicle was appropriated by court request in light of obligation and has been in the court premises for such a long time. “Those ambulances were 36 in number that the Federal Government procured and offered one to every administrative showing emergency clinic and Medical Center.

“We got one. It’s about the best-furnished rescue vehicle with cutting edge life-bolster offices. This emergency clinic did not utilize it for a half year before it got appropriated by a Court Order obtained by a contractual worker. I beg any of you that might be included, and it would be ideal if you pull back the request and we will pay you. We can’t, and I don’t accept any emergency clinic can scheme to disintegrate a pharmaceutical organization. We don’t have an assembling outlet.

“Out of N2.5B to N3b obligation, what we owed pharmaceutical organizations are not up to N200million. We will pay. The point of our drug store is to have like 90 to 95% of our pharmaceutical needs. It’s been great up until this point. A portion of the things we are engaging, we have begun doing them as of now” the CMD said.

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It would be reviewed that the emergency clinic owed more than one hundred contractual workers who had worked for her in quite a long while. As indicated by our discoveries, the clinic owed sums hurrying to a few billions of naira.

Talking independently, the temporary workers, complimented by the new CMD on the different advances taken since he continued office in April 2019, taking note of what he has revived and reestablished the certainty of numerous on UCTH the board and appealed to God for his definitive achievement while in office.

“We had never had this gathering in numerous years we have been doing tasks with the medical clinic, and we lauded the new administration for having us at the top of the priority list,” the contractual workers said.

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