A total of 65,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Adamawa State. About 35,000 of them are on treatment, while 20,000 had approached health care centres, but failed to avail themselves for treatment.
The executive secretary of the Adamawa State Agency for HIV/AIDS Control (ADSACA), Dr Stephen John, revealed the statistic in Yola at 2018 World AIDS Day celebration.
According to him, the agency has set up eight screening centres across the four zones in the state, where 8000 were tested of their status.
“ADSACA office had only three test kits as 90 per cent of drugs been administered to HIV/AIDS patients in the state come from donors.
“People should avail themselves for screening to know their status.
“If you are negative you should continue visiting health centres for counseling to remain negative.
“There is a gap in those submitting themselves for testing. This is not encouraging because the entry point to care and control of HIV/AIDS is counselling and testing to determine status.
Adamawa has an estimated population of 4,248,436 people based on a 2016 population projection, up from 3,178, 950 in 2006; meaning that the AIDS prevalence in Adamawa is 1.5 per cent (based on the 2016 population figure); an improvement on the 3.8 per cent in 2010 and 6.8 per cent further back in 2008.
Farrah John, who had been living with the HIV virus for the past 26 years and the chairperson, Network of People Living with AIDS (NEPWA), lauded state government for supporting infected persons in the state.
John, encouraged her colleagues against misuse of the antiretroviral drugs and to always visit health centres for CD4, and liver function tests regularly.
The event was organised in collaboration with Saving 1million Lives, Partners and NGOs where those infected had over two hours road walk from ADSACA office at Specialist Hospital-police roundabout and terminated at Bank road as mark of their improved health condition.