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Published On: Tue, Dec 3rd, 2019

World HIV Day: HIV prevalence drops to 0.7% in Niger State

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

The HIV prevalence rate in Niger State has recorded a drop to 0.7% indicating the lowest in the North Central region of the country as its targeted at bring the prevalence rate to zero percent by year 2030.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Makun Sidi at a press conference yesterday to mark activities for World AIDS Day (WAD) with the theme; Community Makes the Difference, said out of the 67,137 pregnant women that were tested, only 698 were HIV positive.
He said, “the Nigeria AIDS indicator and impact survey, 2018 revealed that the prevalence of HIV in Niger state currently stands at 0.7%, the lowest in the North Central zone.
“The joint assessment of prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS services carried out by the State Ministry of Health and State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA) in collaboration woth partners for the year 2019, confirmed that out of the 67,136 pregnant women that received counseling and testing across the 25 facilities only 698 clients were positive and they have all been linked to treatment.”
Dr. Sidi added, “the state under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello is committed to ensuring that the HIV prevalence in Niger is brought to zero by year 2030 in tandem with the global trend of getting to zero.”
In same vein, the Director, Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support SACA, Dr. Mike Onyilo the projected figure for persons living with HIV in Niger State is put at 35,000. “21,000 of them are on treatment, but we have an unmet need, of about 14,000 persons who are likely positive. We want to do targeted testing in strategic areas”, he said.

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