Lives Of 184,000 HIV Patients In Danger In Oyo
Over 180,000 Nigerians living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Oyo State are at risk of death.
There are 200,000 people living with HIV in the state but only 16,000 of them have access to treatment.
It has 19% of the total number of persons living with HIV in Nigeria.
The Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Sani Aliyu, gave the figures in Ibadan on Tuesday at a meeting with Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the delegation led by Aliyu, included representatives of relevant international donor and funding agencies like WHO.
"We have a gap between the number of infected persons and those on treatment. We have a gap between infected pregnant women and those receiving treatment.
"We also have issues with the number of new infections recorded," he said.
The NACA boss stated that 10,000 pregnant women in Oyo State are living with HIV, adding that about 50 people contact HIV in the state on a daily basis.
He stated that the state had a considerable figure in terms of new infections, commending the state government for running one of the best programmes on HIV/AIDS.
Aliyu said that there are 1,060,000 people living with HIV in Nigeria, out of which only 5% were currently on treatment courtesy of the Nigerian government.
The NACA boss stated that about 1 million Nigerians are currently on treatment on the bills of the international donor agencies.
He said that NACA had proposed to the state government to contribute 0.5 or 1% of their federal allocation towards HIV/AIDS.
Aliyu stated that such contribution by state governments would allow the states to put another 50% which is 92,000 of infected persons on treatment.
In his response, Governor Ajimobi assured the delegation of his administration’s readiness to partner with them to bring the figure of infected people to the barest minimum if not totally eradicated.
Ajimobi, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Moses Adeyemo said his administration would support the donor agencies with funds and human capital towards the eradication in the state.