Over 33,000 HIV patients access drugs in Adamawa – Official

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Only 33,000 out of the 42,000 people living with HIV/AIDs in Adamawa State are accessing drugs, the state Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (ADSACA) has disclosed. The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Steven John, made this known in Yola at a ceremony to commemorate the 2019 World AIDs Day.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Steven John, made this known in Yola at a ceremony to commemorate the 2019 World AIDs Day.

The official, however, noted that steady progress had been achieved as HIV prevalence dropped from 6.8 per cent in 2008 to 1.2 per cent in 2019.

He said the state had 400 testing and counselling centres (HCT), 100 centres for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission and 20 Anti-retroviral drugs collection centres and lauded the role of partners like FHI 360, HIFAS, JAPIGO, RISE, NEPWAN and CBOs.

The First Lady, Hajiya Lami Fintiri, lauded the ADSACA and its partners for their collective efforts in combating the scourge of HIV/AIDs in the state, urging them to remain focused until the battle is won.

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