March 19, 2014

Bauchi targets 3m people for HIV/AIDS test, counselling

Bauchi targets 3m people for HIV/AIDS test, counselling

A rally to mark HIV/Aids Day.

By Suzan Edeh

Bauchi — About three million people are being targeted for free HIV/AIDS testing and counselling in Bauchi State.
Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria, BACATMA, Dr. Abdulaziz Manga, made this known, yesterday, at a forum organised by the Senator A.D Rufai Foundation in Bauchi, the state capital.

HIV5Manga  who was represented on the occasion by the Director HIV/AIDS Control in the agency, Mallam Yakubu Abubakar, said the exercise would be supported by the Federal Government.
He noted that the exercise  would be carried out within two years in 12 HIV/AIDS prone states and the FCT.
According to him,“the project is a Federal Government initiative to reduce the prevalence of the HIV/AIDS by ensuring that people have access to prevention, treatment and care,” of the diseases.

Manga further said the Federal Government spent about N260 million for the smooth conduct of the exercise, pointing out that more centres for free testing and counselling would be established to meet the estimated target in the state.