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Nigeria To Commence Production Of HIV/AIDS Drugs

UNAIDS Country Director, Dr Bilali Camara has confirmed that four companies will commence production of anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Camara said the local production of anti-retroviral drugs would enable people access treatment at a cheaper rate.

He added that it will also help those on life treatment, stressing that people live on treatment for 15 to 30 years.

"We have commenced negotiations with four pharmaceutical companies; the companies have been certified by the World Health Organisation for the general manufacturing practices," he said.

The UNAIDS official said WHO would assist to conduct the prequalification processes,adding that "as soon as that is concluded they will commence the production of the anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria."

Camara said many West and Central African states would benefit from the production, because no other country is producing the drugs in the region.

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