Kano State Ministry of Health says there is a reduction in HIV prevalence rate in the state as it has gone down to 0.5% from the previous 2.5% prevalence rate.
The State's Commissioner for Health Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa stated this during a press briefing on the commemoration of the 2022 World AIDS Day.
He revealed that the state is fiercely fighting against spread of the disease, adding that the government has invested hugely in the aspect of enlightening the public on HIV especially by knowing their status.
“At this juncture, I wish to inform that the most recent survey conducted in all the states of the Federation (NAIIS), the prevalence rate for Kano has come down to 0.5 percent from the previous figure of 2.5 percent.
“Currently in Kano there are over 38,000 people living with HIV who are currently placed on treatment, 83% of which have attained virological suppression across our 43 comprehensive sites, with about 84% pregnant women attending ANC being counseled, tested and have received their results from over 600 PMTCT testing sites in the state,” Tsanyawa said.
The Commissioner revealed that the achievements comes the government's commitment through Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA).
Dr Tsanyawa maintained that the present administration in Kano has placed highest priority on saving the lives of women and children through the provision of essential health service both at primary and secondary care levels.
He said this year’s theme of the world HIV day is”Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to end HIV”, adding that it was in line with the state government policy for free HIV/AIDS test in all its hospitals.
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