National response to HIV/AIDS has been adjudged to be below average with over 700,000 new infections recorded yearly, especially with respect to mother-to-child transmission even though the federal government has increased its budget for awareness campaign, prevention, treatment and control of HIV and AIDS from a paltry N300 million to a whooping N7 billion over the past eight years.

The chairman House Committee on HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis and Leprosy in the House of Representatives, Dr. Haruna Kigbu, who made the disclosure in a chat with LEADERSHIP on the occasion of the World AIDS Day, said more needs to be done to fight the scourge.

He said, “Looking at the indices we have done well in fighting the disease but on the other aspect new infections have continued to occur especially from mother to child. We are aware that 700,000 new infections are recorded yearly which is the highest in the whole of Africa. It may be because of our population, we have three million to four million Nigerians who are infected”.

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