Alimosho, Mushin top HIV table in Lagos

Alimosho, Mushin, Ifako-Ijaiye and Mosan-Okunola are councils with highest prevalence of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Lagos, the Aids Prevention Initiative Nigeria (APIN) said yesterday.

APIN urged the people to know their individual and family statuses, in order to control the spread of the disease.

Its Chief Executive Officer, Dr Prosper Okonkwo, at the first day of the series of programmes tagged: Scaling Up HIV Care and Treatment in Lagos State yesterday, said the meeting’s objective was to scale up services and interact with stakeholders to seeks ways of curtailing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Okonkwo said APIN was looking for a way to provide a testing arena for patients.

A representative of the United States Centres for Disease Control, Dr Dennis Onotu, said the aforementioned local governments have been selected to intensify treatment and prevention.

Onotu, who added that the initiative hopes to treat up to 10,000 PLWHA, said that the programme’s goal was to mitigate HIV and ensure that 90 per cent of those tested get treatment so that the virus is not multiplied.

The event featured free counselling and testing and the distribution of contraceptives.


Source: The Nation Nigeria

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