Bauchi HIV/AIDS prevalence rate drops from 6.8 to 0.4% – BACATMA reveals
The Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria (BACATMA), on Tuesday, revealed that the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the state has dropped to 0.4 from the 6.8 percent it was in 2012.
The revelation was made in Bauchi by the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Danladi Mohammed, when the agency received a delegation of EU-UN Mission Monitoring under UNAIDS, which was in the state to monitor implementation programmes in 15 states, including Bauchi State.
According to Mohammed, “In 2012, the prevalent rate was 6.8 percent but in 2018, statistics revealed that the prevalent rate has dropped to 0.4.”
He informed that the BACATMA procured 80,000 HIV tests kits and distributed same across health facilities in the state, adding that the EU-UN project was conducted in Bauchi and Katagum Local Government Areas of the state.
On his part, the Executive Chairman, BACATMA, Dr Sani Mohammed Dambam, commended the EU-UN under the UNAIDS joint basket funds, saying that they had really complemented his agency’s efforts in fighting HIV/AIDS in the state.
Speaking earlier, the Director, Community Prevention and Care at the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Alex Ogundipe, commended the Bauchi State Government for its efforts in controlling HIV/AIDS in the state.
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He noted that Bauchi State is the only state in Nigeria that has HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria under one agency in line with international best practice.
Ogundipe said NACA was impressed with the state’s performance in the implementation of the EU-UN under the UNAIDS joint basket funds project, which he said was in line with donor agencies’ expectations and called on other states to emulate the Bauchi State performance.
In her presentation, Deputy Director, Community Prevention and Care Services, Mrs. Yinka Falola -Anoemuah, informed that a total of 310 people living with HIV/AIDS in Bauchi State benefitted from Covid-19 palliative and personal protection equipment (PPE) during the outbreak of the pandemic under the NACA-UNAIDS Joint UN Basket Fund project.
According to her, the project was conducted in 15 states of the federation to cushion the effects of Covid-19 pandemic on people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
She added that the project also mobilised PLWHA on prevention of Covid-19, gender based violence and HIV as well as access to vaccines, which she said was part of the objectives of the project being funded through the joint basket fund.
She informed that the 310 beneficiaries from Bauchi State were part of the 9,770 PLWHA across the country who got the sum of N25,000 each in two tranches of N10,000 and N15,000.
“Nine thousand, seven hundred and seventy people living with HIV/AIDS were supported during the Covid-19 pandemic in 15 states across the country. They were given the sum of N25,000 within six months to all the beneficiaries in two trenches of N10, 000 and N15, 000.
“The monitoring exercise provided a platform to interact with beneficiaries and get feedback on the outcomes of the intervention. From their testimonies, beneficiaries supported their children’s education and also started up small trades,” Falola-Anoemuah said
According to her, the beneficiaries were integrated into the national social register as vulnerable members of the society.
Meanwhile, an official of the EU, Ms Chioma Soji, said that the delegation on monitoring exercise was in the state with a view to generating feedback for future programming and planning of such interventions
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