BY UMAR YUSUF
Yola—The spread of HIV/ AIDS in Adamawa State has dropped to 3.8 per cent, from the previous 6.8 per cent, placing the state third in the North-East geo-political zone.
The Executive Secretary for Adamawa State Agency For the Control of HIV/AIDS, ADSACA, Suleman Banu, who made this known said the statistics followed the tests conducted between January to June 2012.
Banu, spoke at a news conference, preparatory to the HIV/AIDS programme development project II, HPDP II, launch at the NUJ Press center yesterday, stressed that the state’s prevalence rate is gradually dropping.
He said within the period under review, 38, 251 people were counseled and tested for HIV (HCT), out of which only 3,429 were positive, just as 10,753 patients were on ARV across the state.
Bunu also said that the World Bank had approved grants of $5 million to mitigate the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the state due to the agency’s efforts in meeting the World Bank target within its framework.
He further said that his agency had in the area of care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS procured and distributed assorted food items worth millions of Naira
“Our mandate as an agency is to coordinate the multi-sectored response to HIV;AIDS pandemic and source mobilization for fighting the pandemic in the state, while our goal is to reduce the incidence and prevalence in the state to the barest minimum by 2015.
“In line with this vision of a society without HIV/ALDS, we will continue to work tirelessly to pursue our goals,” he stressed.
Banu further said that, although the prevalence rate of the dreaded disease had dropped, there was need for stakeholders to be unrelenting in educating the public, especially the vulnerable groups including the youths and pregnant women over the issue.