Publicado: Mier, Diciembre 05, 2018
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Ashanti regional health officials anxious about high HIV rates in the region

Ashanti regional health officials anxious about high HIV rates in the region

World AIDS Day is observed annually on December 1 and throughout the month and provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have gone before us. More than 35 million people have died of AIDS or AID-related illnesses, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history since being discovered in 1984.

The UNAIDS 90-90-90 initiative states that by 2020, 90 percent of all people living with HIV will know their status, 90 percent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90 percent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

Dr Makusidi stated that the fight against HIV/ AIDS in Niger State has witnessed a progressive decrease in the prevalence rate from 6.2 per cent in 2008 to 1.7 per cent in 2014, the lowest in the North Central region while putting the positive rate at 0.7 per cent now. Of these, 5 are known to have passed away. Really when you compare [the epidemic] to the 1980s, if you get HIV, it's a death sentence. "But how do you know you don't have it if you've never been tested for it?" It's incredible how much 1 pill can make a difference, if you take it.

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At a press conference marking 2018 World AIDS Day yesterday in Minna, the commissioner, represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr Muhammad Makun Sidi, said the mortality statistic represented confirmed cases, adding that the death toll was certainly higher.

"It also means that we must do everything possible to educate our people about the prevention of HIV and the imperative for testing, treatment and immediate linkages to care following an HIV diagnosis", Phipps concluded.

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