World AIDS Day: 9,179 persons undergoing HIV treatment in Jigawa

  No fewer than 9,179 persons are currently undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDs in Jigawa State. This is according to the Team leader Strategi...


 

No fewer than 9,179 persons are currently undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDs in Jigawa State.

This is according to the Team leader Strategic HIV/AIDs response program, Jigawa State, Dr.Adamu Shehu Bilyaminu in an interview with newsmen to mark the 2021 World AIDs day.

The theme of the commemoration this year is “End inequalities, End AIDs”

Represented by the Technical officer of the response team in Jigawa, Dr. Zaharaddeen Abdullahi said the state is among those with the least HIV prevalence in the country with only 0.3% according to the 2018 NAIIS report.

He explained that the state has recorded 11,471 persons living with HIV in the state out of which 9,179 are undergoing treatment.

Dr Zaharaddeen said the Jigawa State government is working with Chemonics International to identify the remaining number of infected persons and put them under medication.

“Last year we recorded 1,382 new cases, this year from October 2021 we have recorded 243 new cases”

“Approximately in Jigawa we are recording 29 new HIV cases weekly” Dr Zaharaddeen stated.

He said stigma is the major cause preventing people living with HIV from undergoing treatment in the country.

He, however, called the general public to stop stigmatizing the victims and accept them as the disease is not a death sentence.

He said the compulsory HIV test among couples before marriage are measures taken to eradicate mother to child transmission of the disease by the state government.

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