From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Determined to prevent the scourge of HIV AIDS in Delta State, more Primary Healthcare Centres were on Monday activated to scale up the prevention of Mother to Child Transmission ( PMTCT) of HIV services.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ononye Mordi who spoke to Journalists on Tuesday in Asaba, said that more emphasis was also being placed on providing care to children and the adolescent living with the HIV and to prevent new infections, adding that as a result of the state government’s partnership with Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria ( CCFN) , Excellence Community Education Warefare Scheme ( ECEWS), Association for Reproductive and Family Health ( ARFH) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) more adhoc staff were being engaged and they had helped in the extending HIV counseling and testing services to Communities
Dr Ononye Mordi explained that due to the importance attached to the fight against AIDS, the world Health Organization declared every December 1 as the day set aside to mark the World AIDS Day which was one of its eight official global public health Campaigns, adding that the day avails the world Community the Opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV AIDS, show support for people living with HIV and Commiserate with those that died from AIDS related illness
In Nigeria, the Health Commissioner said that in 2018, Nigeria AIDS indicator and Impact Survey revealed that 1.9million people are living with HIV in the Country and the national prevalence is 1.4percent compared to the state prevalence of 1.9percent while the report further stated that 130,000 people were newly infected with HIV in Nigeria of which 53,000 people had died from AIDS related illness, adding that the report also showed that 67percent of people living with HIV knew their status,53percent of people living with HIV were on Anti-Retroviral Therapy ( ART) while 42percent of people living with HIV archived viral suppression.