The United States Government has provided testing and counselling to over 12 million Nigerians over the last 12 months. The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, who disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at an event to mark the 2016 World AIDS Day, said this was being done through the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR. According to the envoy, 726,200 adults and 34,695 children are receiving treatment for HIV under the programme.He said a total of 1,367,000 adults and children have been helped to live better lives through the U.S programme. Speaking under the 2016 theme of the commemoration: “Leadership. Sustained Commitment. Minister Motsoaledi said the hospital was a fulfilment of one of Madiba’s greatest dreams. “This is an auspicious day for both the memory of Madiba and the children of South Africa and the region. Mandela loved children. I am sure that wherever Madiba is, he is looking down on us and I’m sure that he would have preferred to be with us. “I am also sure that he would have been very proud of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund as well as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, which worked tirelessly to raise funds for the erection of this beautiful building.” The Minister said, however, that it was a sad reality that millions of children around the world are not cared for.
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