23,000 persons undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDS in Kogi, Government reveals

The Kogi State Government, says no fewer than 23,000 persons are currently undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDS in the State


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23,000 persons undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDS in Kogi, Government reveals
Dr. Saka Haruna Audu (middle) addressing newsmen


The Kogi State Government, says no fewer than 23,000 persons are currently undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDS in the State, with women and children having greater percentage.

Our Kogi State Correspondent reports that this much was disclosed today, Tuesday December 1 by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna Audu, during a media parley in Lokoja.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, BabaMaaji Abubakar Danlami, the Commissioner said Kogi State HIV prevalence stands at 0.9%.

According to him, the reduction in the State prevalence rate from 1.2% in 2012 to 0.9 was achieved through the commitment of critical stakeholders in the state.

"What this report translates into, is that the future will be blink if we do not double our present efforts to curtail the disease progression among these groups, because women are home makers, as youths are leaders of tomorrow.

"With the current numbers of treatment, it means we still have close to 24,000 persons in our midst, that are infected by the virus going by NAIIS report and 2006 population growth progression estimates the need to be tested, which implies more work for the state and her partners", Audi added.

While reiterating that the current administration is committed towards achieving zero prevalence rate for HIV in the State, Audu added that the government will provide conducive environment to reduce the situations and circumstances that put people at risk of contracting the virus.

Adding her voice, the Kogi State Coordinator, Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, CISHAN, Mrs. Christy Oluwole Abayomi, lamented that, as at December 2020, Nigeria has been unable to achieve the UNAIDS 2020 target of diagnosing 90 percent of all the people living with HIV, placing 90 percent of those diagnosed on lifesaving Antiretroviral Therapy, ART and achieving viral suppression for 90 percent of those on treatment.

"To enable us achieve 95-95-95 vision, so that we are not left behind in ending the HIV pandemic by the year 2030, there is need for joint responsibilities in fighting HIV".

She called on the State Government to commit reasonable percentage of the state resources to facilitate access to free HIV counselling and testing, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, (PMTCT), access to treatment and retention to achieve undetectable viral suppression translating to eliminating the transmission of HIV.


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Odimayo Olatunde Frederick
graduate of Mass Communication and Kogi State Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper
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