Over 36,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Taraba state,even as the state government has again expressed its commitment to eliminate the virus by 2030.
This was made known at the weekly review performance of the implementation Partners working across HIV, tuberculosis and orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in the State during the weekend.
At the time of filing this report, 36,396 persons living with Human Immuno deficiency Viruses (HIV) in Taraba state, have been captured in the state’s database and are currently under regular treatment.Out of this number, 20,200 are said to be virally suppressed.
The weekly review, which took place at the Situation room of Taraba Action Committee against HIV/AIDS,(TACA), located in the premises of the State secretariat, brought together various implementation partners, including RISE Nigeria, World Health Organization, among others.
Out of the 2,156 persons said to have been tested for HIV across the sixteen local government councils of the State, last week, 77 persons were confirmed positive. 359 of the number tested are children between year 0-14 years old.76 out of the 77 persons who tested positive, were also said to have been linked to treatment with various health facilities scattered across the State.
Speaking at the occasion, the DirectorGeneral of the Agency, Dr. Garba Danjuma said the desire of the state is to eliminate HIV on or before the 2030 target period and to make sure that no person died as a result of the disease again.
Also on his part, the team leader of Reaching Impact and Saturation Epidemic Control (RISE Nigeria), Dr. Joseph Chiegil, alongside other partners, mapped out action points that would assist in addressing the prevalence of the disease.