HIV/AIDS prevalence drops to 0.3 percent in Kaduna

HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Kaduna State has recorded a sharp drop from 2.2 per cent in 2014 to 0.3 per cent.

Mark Anthony, Executive Secretary of Kaduna State AIDS Control Agency (KADSACA), disclosed this when Maternal and Child Healthcare Civil Society Partnership MCH-CS Partnership paid an advocacy visit to his office on Tuesday in Kaduna.

He said the 0.3 per cent drop was confirmed during a sample test on 152 pregnant women in December 2016.

He said by 2020, 90 per cent of the people in the state are targeted to know their HIV status and that, “those positive should be on treatment.

“We have also targeted 2030 for complete elimination of HIV and free of new infection in Kaduna State,” he added.

Anthony said the role of civil society organisations such as MCH-CS Partnership in HIV/AIDS eradication is very important, especially in the area of maternal and child healthcare.

Dorcas Adeyemi, Chairperson of MCH-CS Partnership, reiterated the partnership’s commitment and readiness to continue the working relationship with the agency and the media in the fight against HIV/AIDS and prevention of Mother-to-Child transmission in the state.

The Technical Working Groups of the scheme include Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support Technical Working Group, Monitoring and Evaluation, as well as Policy and Advocacy.

Source: News Express

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