Monday, July 26, 2021

54 babies born HIV positive in Nasarawa – official

Must read

Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
- Advertisement -

The Executive Director of Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency, NASACA, Zakari Umar, has said 54 babies delivered between January and September in the state tested positive to HIV.

Mr Umar made this known on Thursday in Lafia in an interview in Lafia.

Mr Umar said out of the 1,194 pregnant women who keyed into the Prevention of Mother- to- Child Transmission, PMTCT HIV programme in 2017, 54 of them transmitted the virus to their babies.

READ ALSO:   GITEX 2020: How Nigerian start-ups thrilled investors, showcased ‘problem solving’ innovations

He explained that cases of transmission recorded were due to lack of adherence to medical advice and refusal to take prescribed drugs.

“Science has proven that it is possible to totally eradicate mother to child transmission of HIV if pregnant women adhere to medical advice and take their drugs regularly.

READ ALSO:   JUSUN strike stalls ex-Emir Sanusi’s suit against Kano govt

“Those women whose babies tested positive must have refused to comply with their drug regimen during pregnancy,” Mr Umar added.

According to him, the case of mother to child transmission of HIV in the state has reduced over the years due to sensitisation and other preventive measures taken by stakeholders.

He said available records from 2016 indicated that 66 babies were born with HIV.

Mr Umar attributed reduction in transmission of the disease to babies in 2017 to sensitisation and adoption of the PMTCT programme.

READ ALSO:   Nigerians bought kerosene at higher price in November – NBS

He also advised members of the public to avoid acts that would make them vulnerable to the virus, adding “the virus is not yet over hence the need for people to take preventive measures.”

READ ALSO:   NiMet predicts normal, above-normal rainfall from June to August

The executive director urged people to get tested to enable them know their status in order to curtail spread of the disease.

He said the state had domesticated the anti stigmatisation law aimed at protecting those living with the virus.

He, therefore, advised those being stigmatised on the account of the disease to always seek redress at the appropriate quarter.



- Advertisement -

More articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here
READ ALSO:   NiMet predicts normal, above-normal rainfall from June to August

- Advertisement -

Latest article

- Advertisement -