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HIV Ravaging Taraba State with Over 36,000 Residents Living With The Virus – Report Says.

Darius Ishaku.

The Taraba State Government made this disclosure during the weekly review performance of the Implementation partners working across HIV, tuberculosis and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in the State during the weekend, through the State Agency for the Control of Aids, expressed commitment to eliminate the virus from the State come 2030.

The 36,396 persons were said to be currently under a regular treatment in the State, out of this number on treatment, 20,200 are said to be virally suppressed.

The weekly review, which took place at the Situation room, located in the premises of the State secretariat, brought together various implementation partners, including RISE Nigeria, World Health Organization, among others, says that out of the 2,156 persons said to have been tested for HIV across the sixteen local government councils of the State, last week, 77 persons were confirmed positive, with 359 of the number tested being children between year 0-14 years old.

The figure further says that 76 out of the 77 persons who tested positive, were also said to have been linked to treatment with various health facilities scattered across the State.

Speaking, the Director-General of the Agency, Dr. Garba Danjuma said the desire of the State is to eliminate HIV on or before 2030 and to make sure that no person died as a result of the disease again.

On his part, the team leader of Reaching Impact and Saturation Epidemic Control (RISE Nigeria), Dr. Joseph Chiegil, alongside other partners, mapped out action points that would assist in addressing the prevalence of the disease, especially, in the state.


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