NACA Says 200,000 Living With HIV In Oyo

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An estimated 200,000 people are living with HIV in Oyo state, Dr Sani Aliyu, Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), says.

He made the disclosure on Tuesday in Ibadan during a courtesy call on Gov. Abiola Ajimobi.

The delegation, led by Aliyu, included representatives of relevant international donor and funding agencies like WHO.

Aliyu stated that only 16,000 out of the estimated 200,000 persons living with HIV in the state are currently on treatment.

He said, “We have a gap between the number of infected persons and those on treatment. We have a gap between infected pregnant women and those receiving treatment.

“We also have issues with the number of new infections recorded.”

The NACA boss stated that 10 000 pregnant women in the state are living with HIV, adding that about 50 people contract HIV in the state on a daily basis.

Aliyu said there are 1,060,000 people living with HIV in Nigeria, out of which only five percent were currently on treatment courtesy of the Nigerian government.

The NACA boss stated that about one million Nigerians are currently on treatment on the bills of the international donor agencies.

He said NACA had proposed to the state government to contribute 0.5 or One percent of their federal allocation towards HIV/AIDS.

Aliyu stated that such contribution by state governments would allow the states to put another 50 per cent of infected persons on treatment.


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