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Shocking Fact! 1 in every 5 in Lagos is HIV Positive

By The Nigerian Voice
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Over 10,000 people tested positive to HIV out of about 50,000 people in Lagos in an exercise carried out by the State AIDS Control Agency in the last one year, National Mirror reports.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris announced the dreadful revelation during the ministerial press briefing of the Ministry of Health, held at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja.

“The State Aids Control Agency was able to carry out HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) for a total of 58, 792 clients in the health facilities and 10, 606, representing 18% of these patients were positive,” he said.

“The agency conducted the fourth phase of sensitisation of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) on Prevention of Mother of Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT), Universal Safety Precautions (USP) and Referral Linkage to PMTCT intervention.

“A total of 28, 736 pregnant women were counselled and tested during the outreaches. of these number, 340 were positive and referred for PMTCT services.”

Idris said a total of 2,957 HIV positive patients commenced antiretroviral treatment in the year under review, even as 1,066 HIV positive pregnant women and 745 HIV exposed babies were placed on ARV prophylaxis.

He advised that the state essentially needed to enhance the efficiency of the health workforce as well as increase the scope and quality of service delivery in the health facilities.