By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has reteterated commitment to providing support to reduce prevalence rate and incidence of HIV/AIDS to zero through KADSACA .
El-Rufai said on Sunday in a keynote address to mark the world AIDS Day at Kasuwa Magani, Kajuru LGA in Kaduna State.
Represented by the Director Public Health, Dr Almayahu Mustapha, he said the state has recorded a steady decline in the incidence of HIV with a prevalence rate of 1.1 according to the national HIV/ AIDS indicator and impact Survey (NAIIS2019) because of the level of commitment by stakeholders and government in the fight against the disease.
He said the theme ” Communities make a difference” is timely as it is in recognition of the selfless sacrifice made by communities of people affected or infected by HIV in bringing down the prevalence and incidence of HIV , key population, civil societies among others.
” I want to use this opportunity to encourage them to continue and not relent until we achieve zero new HIV infections, the goal we have set and which is achievable with your support.”
” Kajuru is one of the local government areas with the highest burden of HIV in the state with the prevalence of 6.7 per cent.
” Our government is resolved to providing all the needed support to bring down the prevalence and incidence of HIV/AIDS in not only the local government but state to zero through KADSACA.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of State Aids Control Agency (KADSACA) Dr, Isa Baka said the agency is committed to ensuring that individuals have access to life saving HIV prevention and treatment treatment services accross all communities without hindrance.
He said 66 per cent of people living within the state do not know thier status and constitute a risk to the general population.
” From the 2018 survey 95 per cent of those that are positive are placed on live saving treatment and KADSACA is working towards making it 100 per cent.
Baka commended Network of People living with HIV (NEPWAN) that have led consistently in fighting HIV in the state.
He called for more awareness about AIDS, a disease caused by virus , Human Immuno deficiency Virus.
He also commended implementation partners that have sustained HIV/ AIDS intervention in the state WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF ,CIHP , PATHFINDER,APIN.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of Kajuru Local Government, Cafra Caino appreciated the state government for support to the local government adding that the involvement of communities will help reduce HIV by 2030.
He said the local government is embarking on sensitisation to ensure HIV is reduce to barest minimum .