By Bala Ajiya
DAMATURU—disturbed by the increasing number of people living with HIV in Yobe State, the government has taken measures to curb the spread, Executive Secretary of the Yobe State Agency for the Control of Aids, YOSACA, Alhaji Ali Kime Dauda, has said.
One of the measures, he said, is placing high premium on health service delivery in the state. Another is screening women for HIV.
Last year, the Executive Secretary said: “About 19,000 pregnant women were tested for HIV, which enabled the agency to know the number of those who were positive in order to prevent mother-to-child infection.”
He said the state of emergency declared in the health sector by Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has paid off with the establishment of Yobe State University Teaching Hospital and the provision of free drugs for infants, pregnant women and HIV victims, and free periodical laboratory tests.
Dauda also praised the government for its prompt payment of counter-part funding and other funds for the running of the agency and for the procurement of Rapid Test Kids, RTKs; Opportunistic Infection Drugs, OIS; lab regent; medical consumable and Ramadan nutritional support to people living with HIV.