Revealed - 10,606 Lagosians Test HIV Positive in One Year

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, has said that no fewer than 10, 606 people resident in the state have tested HIV positive.

This is out of the 58,792 clients tested by the State AIDS Control Agency in the last one year.

Idris disclosed this during the ministerial press briefing of the Ministry of Health at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa- Ikeja.

According to him, the agency was able to carry out HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) for 58, 792 people, out of which 18 per cent tested positive.

He also said during the sensitisation exercise for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, 28, 736 were counselled and tested, out of which 340 tested positive to HIV.

Idris said: "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 per cent of these patients were positive.

"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 this number, 340 were positive and referred for PMTCT services."

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

On infrastructural development in the health sector, Idris said the state would enhance the efficiency of the health workforce and increase the scope and quality of service delivery in the health facilities.

The ministry, he stressed, would revamp the health and related structures through phased rehabilitation, equipping and upgrading of existing health facilities and construction of new ones at all levels of care.

Culled from allafrica

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