68,788 persons with HIV in Niger, Kano, 2,368 newly infected – States
A total of 68,788 persons are living with HIV in Niger and Kano States while 2,368 are newly infected.
35,000 HIV/AIDS patients receiving treatment – Kano
In Kano State, the says it has activated over 600 secondary and primary healthcare facilities across 484 wards for HIV testing services to curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, stated this in Kano as part of activities to commemorate the 2021 World AIDS day.
He disclosed that over 35,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the state are currently receiving treatment across 43 centres in the state.
The commissioner noted that the most recent survey conducted in the states of the federation, the prevalence rate of the deadly infection had reduced from 2.5 percent to 0.5 per cent.
He said, “Our administration has devoted attention and commitment to improve health indices through provision of basic equipments, training and retraining, recruiting and deployment of human resources.”
33,788 Niger residents living with HIV
The Niger State Commissioner of Health, Muhammad Makunsidi, has revealed that 33,788 people are currently living with HIV in the state.
He added that that 2,368 out of 137,834 persons who were counselled and tested between January and November 2021 tested positive to the virus.
Makunsidi, who said this in commemoration of the 2021 World AIDS Day, added that the state had an HIV prevalence rate of 0.7 per cent which is the lowest in the north-central zone.
He said, “Currently, the total number of people living with HIV receiving treatment in Niger State stands at 33,788.”
“About 38,227 pregnant women who attended ante-natal counselling were tested and 198 tested positive. Also, 752 infants had their first virologic HIV test out of which six were found to be HIV positive.”
Meanwhile, a coalition of civil society organisations in sexual and reproductive health response has raised concerns over low contraceptive use, especially female condom.
The coalition stressed the need to encourage investments in the production of condom in Nigeria.
The PUNCH reported that Nigeria recorded 86,000 new HIV infections and 49,000 deaths from HIV-related illnesses in 2020, according the National Agency for the Control of AIDS.
The CSOs bared their minds during the 2021 World AIDS Day symposium, organised by Pathfinder International Nigeria in Abuja.
While emphasising that three out of every five new HIV infections were girls, the stakeholders said 83 per cent of women in Nigeria were not using any form of contraception during sex.
The Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of NACA, Tosin Adebanjo, said the agency estimated that “about 1.7 million people are living with HIV in Nigeria.”
He added, “The latest number of new infections in 2020 is 86,000. For the same year, we estimate about 49,000 people died from HIV-related illnesses. We have seen that out of 100 people who are living with HIV, 21 of them report one form of stigma and discrimination or another.”
The National Secretary, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Emmanuel Clifford, said, “It is critical that we develop a robust system to support the adoption of the female condom. Our 17 per cent female contraceptive use seems pale when compared to the 83 per cent who need one form of protection or the other during sexual intercourse.”