No fewer than 87 persons have died of HIV/ AIDS in the last one year and 3,000 patients receiving treatment according to statistics from the state public health facilities of Niger State.
The permanent secretary,Dr Muhammad Makun Sidi, disclosed this yesterday in Minna at a press conference to mark 2018 World AIDS Day (WAD) with the theme; “Know Your Status.”
Dr Makusidi stated that the fight against HIV/ AIDS in Niger State has witnessed a progressive decrease in the prevalence rate from 6.2 per cent in 2008 to 1.7 per cent in 2014, the lowest in the North Central region while putting the positive rate at 0.7 per cent currently.
He disclosed that the joint assessment of prevention of mother to child transmission carried out by the state ministry and State Action Control on AIDS (SACA) in 2018 confirmed that of the 51,712 pregnant women that received HIV/ AIDS counseling and testing in 25 facilities, 731 clients were positive and received ARV prophylaxis.
He further said that in the year under review a total of 137,253 individuals received HIV testing services, 5,612 were found to be positive, while all were enrolled into ARV services.
The director general (DG) of SACA, Adamu Baba, however, decried that stigmatisation and discrimination still remains an enormous barrier to effective fight against HIV/ AIDS epidemic in the state.
He appreciated the priority given to the health sector by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello by ensuring effective and affordable health services in Niger State.
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