HIV/AIDS Prevalence In Nigeria, Nasarawa State Ranks 4th -NASACA Executive Director

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Rabiu Omaku

The Executive Director, Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency,Dr.Zakari Umar has estimated that a total number of 93,595 are carriers of Hiv/Aids in Nasarawa state ,He stated this during public awareness campaign marking 2015 world Aids day, Umar further averred that an estimated 5,938 pregnant women are living with the scourge.

He reiterated that Rivers state ranked the state with the highest prevalence of 15.2%, Followed by Taraba state with the prevalence of 10.5% been the second ,Followed by Kaduna state with an estimated figure of 9.2% prevalence ,Followed by Nasarawa state with a prevalence of 8.1% as from 2013 to date.

He said the state capital, Lafia has the highest number of the prevalence with 26 percent prevalence, followed by Karu with 26 percent, Nasarawa Local Government been ranked third with the prevalence of 22 percent ,Others are Kokona ranked fourth with a prevalence of 19 percent ,followed by Nasarawa Eggon with19 percent respectively.

Others are Akwanga, Keffi with an estimated 8.25% prevalence while Doma and other Local Government ranked the least with the prevalence of the scourge estimated at 1.3% with least burden.

With this year’s theme, Promoting Mentor Mother’s Community response to Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV Services and Food Stuff Presentation

Dr. Umar Zakari said NASACA has increase in number of pregnant women enrolling into PMTCT from 23,719 in 2013 to over 175,755 by October 2015.

The state Executive Director buttressed that the feast is achieved due to among other strategies the effort of Mentor Mothers, Saying NASACA would continued encourage the service of Mentor Mothers by working towards containing transmission of the virus within the general population.

“Mentor Mothers are HIV positive pregnant mother that key into prevention of mother and child transmission of HIV by giving birth to HIV negative children “.

Dr. Zakari Umar said NASACA ‘s future plan in HIV/AIDS intervention would take into cognisance the United Nation 90-90-90 global HIV target by 2020,saying the Agency would ensured that 90% of persons infected with the scourge know their statues and are placed on medication.

Zakari averred that the current efforts are directed towards the larger population by embarking on rigorous testing of the scourge by placing carriers on treatment, This will not only suppress the virus but will slow down its transmission in our communities, The Executive Director stated.

He listed some of the huddles of NASACA to include poor funding as a major hiccups affecting the agency in the discharge of her responsibility, Also speaking ,The state commissioner of Health, Dr.Daniel Iya opined that the state Government has presented to the House a bill to checkmate the rising spate of discrimination and stigmatization  among People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

Dr.Iya applauded the support accorded to the state by development partners in supplying HIV/AIDS test kits and anti- retroviral drugs to public hospitals, He said the state Government would relent on her effort to reducing the prevalence of the scourge through resource allocation to NASACA.

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