An IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno state/Photo credit: AFP

Agency report

Up to 5, 000 internally displaced persons in 27 camps in  Borno state are living with HIV/AIDS.

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The Coordinator on HIV/AIDS in Borno Hassan Mustapha disclosed this in an interview with NAN in Maiduguri., the state capital.

Mustapha further revealed that most of the patients are women who were rescued from the Boko Haram insurgents.

He, however, noted that some of those affected were not effectively accessing anti retroviral therapy because of stigmatisation.

The coordinator further lamented that many of them had died of the scourge because they were not properly counselled.

“We have more than 1, 000 patients in Bama camp and 3, 000 in Gwoza camp while over 1, 000 others are taking refuge in the host communities.

“We have heard of many supporting NGOs in Borno but none of them has [sic] approached us to offer assistance to the IDPs living with the virus.

Government not paying attention

“The IDPs living with such ailment are constantly challenged. They do not go out to access drugs.

“ Most of them are shy while some are afraid to be identified by others as carriers.

“They sometimes complain to us that they are not allowed to go out of the camp to access drugs in other centres.

“The honest truth is that government is not paying priority attention to the plight of such persons,” said Mustapha.