Tuesday, 10 July 2012

79 Babies Of Hiv/aids Parents Test Negative

Seventy nine babies of HIV/AIDS positive couples whose marriages were contracted by the Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (BACATMA) have tested negative to the virus. Chairman of the agency, Dr. Mohammed Sambo Liman, who addressed journalists at the weekend said, “The 79 HIV negative babies are in healthy conditions with moral support from BACATMA, while the 11, 232 HIV positive people in the state are currently receiving Anti-Retroviral therapy (ART).
The current HIV prevalence in Bauchi stands at 2.0 per cent as against the 6.8 per cent in 2001”.

He said strategic interventions of the agency include behavioural change communication and prevention of new infections, HIV counselling and testing, anti-retroviral therapy services, management of opportunistic infections, prevention of mother to child transmission, and community home based referrals.

Liman said the state government in collaboration with development partners and NGOs has made substantial progress in its response to HIV/AIDS epidemic.

“The agency has established 11 comprehensive Anti-retroviral Therapy centres providing treatment to eligible HIV positive individuals, and there are 23 new HIV counselling and testing centres in the state”, he said.

He said the agency has within the past one year trained 1093 healthcare workers on various aspects of HIV prevention, care and treatment.

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