NACA says 200,000 people have HIV in Ibadan
Written by Morenike Adebayo on November 1, 2017
The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr Sani Aliyu, has said two hundred thousand persons in Oyo State are living with the Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV) and the dreaded Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
The agency chief also said fifty persons contract HIV daily in the state. He added that only eight per cent of the affected persons are receiving treatment. Aliyu said about ten thousand expectant mothers are infected. Aliyu spoke yesterday when he visited Governor Abiola Ajimobi in Ibadan, the state capital, in company of other NACA officials.
The NACA chief said a large number of HIV carriers remain untreated due to inadequate funding for the control of AIDS by state governments, when compared with what global funding agencies committed to the fight against the scourge.
He said the Federal Government only funded the treatment of five per cent of about one-point-six million AIDS patients, while the others were treated through global funding agencies. Aliyu reiterated NACA’s calls for states to devote between zero-point-five and one per cent of their Federal allocation to the control of AIDS so that more patients could be on treatment.
Governor Ajimobi in his remark said the state will continue to provide funding and institutional support to ensure that AIDS is reduced to the barest minimum