54 Babies Born HIV Positive In Nasarawa
There is always a negative impact when advice that is supposed to be beneficial to a person is not heeded.
When it is medical advice, the individual’s health is usually the sacrificial lamb.
That is the case of some women who had enrolled for the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) HIV programme in Nasarawa state.
Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency (NASACA) is sad that out of 1,194 pregnant women that registered for the programme, 54 of them still transmitted the virus to their babies.
The Executive Director of NASACA, Dr Zakari Umar, said 54 of those babies were delivered between January and September in the state.
Umar gave told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia that cases of transmission recorded were due to lack of adherence to medical advice and refusal to take prescribed drugs.
"Science has proven that it is possible to totally eradicate mother to child transmission of HIV if pregnant women adhere to medical advice and take their drugs regularly.
"Those women whose babies tested positive must have refused to comply with their drug regimen during pregnancy,” Umar added.
According to him, the case of mother to child transmission of HIV in the state has reduced over the years due to sensitisation and other preventive measures taken by concerns individuals and organisations.
He said available records from 2016 indicated that 66 babies were born with HIV.
Umar attributed reduction in transmission of the disease to babies in 2017 to sensitisation and adoption of the PMTCT programme.
He also advised indigenes and other Nigerians to avoid acts that would make them vulnerable to the virus, adding "the virus is not yet over hence the need for people to take preventive measures".
Nasarawa State has domesticated the anti-stigmatisation law aimed at protecting those living with the virus and the executive director urged people to take advantage of the law and get tested to enable them know their status in order to curtail spread of the disease.