Towards 2030 HIV-free Lagos

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Kazeem Ugbodaga
The Lagos State Government’s projection to end the reign of the dreaded HIV/AIDS pandemic by 2030 in Lagos appears a daunting task, but it believes that the feat is achievable. With 3.4 percent national prevalence rate as at 2015, the scourge of HIV/AIDS is gradually fizzling out in Nigeria. With improved health technique, Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS prevalence rate had dropped from 5.1 per cent to 3.4 per cent at the current rate.
Lagos, the third largest mega city in the world with a stunning population estimated over 20 million, provides a festering ambience for HIV/AIDS, but with determined, aggressive sensitization and public education on the danger of the dreaded disease, the wings of HIV/AIDS appear to be fallen off. Currently, the prevalence HIV rate of Lagos stood at 2.2 percent, ranking 18th worst hit HIV/AIDS states in Nigeria’s 36 states.
Statistics from the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency, LSACA, in 2014 reveals that in the last one year 1,702 pregnant women tested positive to HIV and had to be placed on prophylaxis in Lagos’ public health facilities. State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, had disclosed that 1,143 babies that had been exposed to HIV were also placed on prophylaxis.
An AIDS patient
A person living with HIV/AIDS
“The agency was able to carry out in the last one year HIV Counselling and Testing, HIC, during which a total of 115,424 clients were counselled at the health facilities. 40,997 pregnant women were counselled and tested through TBA outreaches,” he said.
According to Idris, “5,492 positive clients commenced antiretroviral treatment; 1,702 positive pregnant women were placed on prophylaxis and also 1,143 HIV exposed babies on prophylaxis. We conducted leadership training for 250 secondary school students.”
The statistics released in 2015 by the same agency reveals that at least, 10,606 residents of Lagos tested positive for the dreaded HIV …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper