By Onoja Audu – Jos
Executive Director of Plateau Aids Control Agency (PLACA), Dr. Francis Magaji, has disclosed that the last HIV sero -prevalence survey conducted in the state in 2010 showed that Plateau State has a prevalence rate of 7. 7 per cent and ranks as the sixth out of 36 states with the highest HIV burden in Nigeria.
Magaji, who disclosed this at NACA organised programme in Jos on Monday noted that “The last HIV sero -prevalence survey (2010) showed that Plateau State has a prevalence rate of 7. 7 per cent and it is the sixth out of 36 states with the highest HIV burden in Nigeria.
He assured the people of the state that the agency was working hard to create the needed awareness with a view to curbing the prevalence of the. scourge on the Plateau.
Magaji commended the administration of Jonah Jang for its support to the agency, saying there is the need for all stakeholders to come together to fight the scourge.
It could be recall that President Goodluck Jonathan, recently , launched a new, special purpose programme targeted at achieving universal access to the prevention, treatment, care and support for Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS.
A resident, Daniel Botwho, took part in the exercise, appreciated NACA for the initiative with a call on the populace to take advantage of the opportunity and check their status.
At the occasion, the deputy director programmes of the agency, Dr Priscilla Ibekwe, stated that “it is very important for citizens of the country to know their HIV status and when reactive, they should go for treatment.”
She emphasized NACA’s readiness to bring HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) to citizens door steps to intensify the fight against the viral infection which has killed lot of persons in the country.
She wondered why some people are reluctant to go to the clinic and screening centers to undergo HIV screening to know their status.