L-R Acting Director, Public Health, SMoH, Abdullahi Ɗan Asabe, Executive Chairman, BACATMA, Dr Sani Muhammad Dambam, Permanent Secretary, SMoH, Ali Babayo Overseeing Auditor General, Munkaila Yakubu Abubakar during the news briefing at the conference hall of BACATMA. Photo: Murtala Muhammad
By Murtala Muhammad
Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria, BACATMA, says 31,141 people living with HIV/AIDS out of the 32,000 who were estimated as HIV positive are currently on treatment.
The Executive Chairman of the Agency, Dr Sani Muhammad Dambam who stated this during a news briefing to commemorate 2023 World AIDS Day with the theme “Led Communities Lead”, said the figure represents 96% coverage of the total number of people living with HIV AIDS across the state.
Dr Sani Dambam who said 31,252 people have already been identified representing 98%, noted that the state was able to place 28,268 people on Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART), representing 93% of the total number of HIV positive population that achieved Viral Load Suppression.
Executive Chairman of the Agency said the 2019 National AIDS Impact Indicator Survey (NAIIS) conducted in the country showed that the State had 0.4% HIV/AIDS prevalence with an estimated current population of about eight million people.
He assured the state’s commitment to ensure the elimination of HIV/AIDS even before the global 2030 target.
In a remark, the State Commissioner of Health, Dr Adamu Sambo assured government’s commitment towards sustaining the remarkable success recorded even after the the donor partners withdraw their intervention by the year 2030.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Ali Babayo, the Commissioner appreciated stakeholders in the fight against the virus and development partners such as USAID, UNFPA, among others.
Also speaking the State Coordinator of Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), Abdullahi Ibrahim said the network was committed to support the government in achieving the 2030 target of total elimination of HIV/AIDS across the globe.
Earlier before the news briefing, the Agency led a road walk from the Government House to office of the District Head of Bauchi, through the Emir’s Drive to Central Market Roundabout to wunti street and culminated in the GRA Police Station in Bauchi metropolis.