Health Care Federation of Nigeria

HIV AIDS Image e1491240598827Lagos has recorded a drop in HIV/AIDS prevalence, the  Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Oluseyi Temowo, has said. He stated this at the World AIDS Day, which had as theme: Right to health: Making it happen.

He said: “We know that there is a drop of 1.7 percent, and the screening done among communities the prevalence rate is 0.3 percent, whereby 576, 406 were screened at different health facilities, and 29, 010 were screened at communities. ‘’The figure on positive expectant mothers at antenatal in 2014 is four percent but now, we have 1.4 percent.’’

He said there are about 217, 658 positive people in the state, and about 64, 554 who are on Anti-retroviral (ARV). Temowo said the state was planning to screen physically challenged people living with for HIV, starting with the deaf and the blind.

“This set of people were neglected before but the decision to enlist them is to ensure nobody is left behind in ensuring that the state captured everybody for an HIV/AIDS state,” he said.

Temowo urged non- governmental organisations to collaborate with the state on HIV/AIDS to focus on villages, communities and rural areas to achieve the set target of  eradicating the virus by 2030.

The agency held a talk at Ipodo Market in Ikeja. This was followed by a walk, which started from Obafemi Awolowo Way, passed through Allen Roundabout, and ended at the Office of the President-General of Nigeria Market Men and Women Association, Mrs Folasade Tinubu-Ojo.

Temowo said the agency would screen for HIV in some markets at Ikorodu and Epe divisions, and in some parts of Ikeja and Alimosho divisions.

“The market HIV intervention will continue after the World AIDS Day on December 1.We are targeting the market because it is an all-inclusive thing to achieve 90:90:90,” he said.

At the events, participants were given branded pouches. According to Temowo, the message of the day, is to encourage consumers to screen voluntarily so Lagos could be HIV and AIDS free.

The market men and women  expressed happiness with the walk. They promised to comply with the agency’s requirements.

 

Source: Healthpilot

 

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