Near 111,000 people are living with HIV/AIDs in Taraba - NEPWHAN

The National Coordinator, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), Edward Ogenyi, has stated that no fewer than 110,849 people are living with HIV and AIDS in Taraba state.

The NEPWHAN Coordinator made this disclosure in Taraba capital Jalingo at the commencement of a five-day Demand Generation Activities for HIV and AIDS Service Uptake in the state.

Ogenyi said the activities marked the first phase of implementation of the President’s Comprehensive Response Plan (PCRP) for HIV and AIDS, funded by NACA/SURE-P HIV/AIDS Programme, launched in July 2013.

“Taraba HIV prevalence is 10.5 per cent which is far above National average of 4.1 per cent according to the 2013 National Reproductive Health Survey report.

“One of the major aims of PCRP is to avail 80 million Nigerians the opportunity to know their HIV status.

“But due to limited resources, Taraba and Abia are selected for the implementation of NACA/SURE-P HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support,” he said

Ogenyi went on to explain that out of the 110,849 people living with HIV and AIDS in Taraba, only 27,000 were currently receiving treatment.

He also said that out of the national prevalence of 3.5 million, only 700,000 were currently on treatment.

The coordinator urged Taraba House of Assembly to prioritize HIV and AIDS in its budgetary allocation for 2016 and beyond.

The Team Leader, Taraba Project Implementation on HIV/AIDS Response, Musa Obadiah, said the state government had approved N500 million to fight the scourge in 2015.

Abraham Johnson, the representative of NEPWHAN in the State Action Committee on AIDS Board, said the committee was doing everything possible to ensure that more patients access treatment in the state.

Johnson urged the people to go to the nearest health facility to know their status in order to tackle the pervasive prevalence rate in the state.

From Tv 360 Nigeria

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