124,000 Persons Are Infected With AIDS In Ogun StateBy Nigeriafilms.com
5/18/2012 3:50:07 AM -
Few days after over 3,780 persons were tested HIV positive in Abuja, Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Olaokun Soyinka has said about 124,000 residents in Ogun are living with HIV/AIDS.
Soyinka disclosed this Thursday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital as part of its programme to commemorate the first anniversary of Gov. Ibikunle Amosun in the office. The commissioner said the dominance rate of the deadly virus in the state stands at 3.1 per cent.
He said that the ministry in partnership with that of Justice would sponsor a bill for the setting up of the state’s AIDS Control Agency, noting the government had paid N50 million counterpart fund to draw from World Bank credit facility on HIV/AIDS.
Soyinka noted that the government would continue to improve the capacity of various stakeholders in the fight against the disease.
He added that his ministry had embarked on a number of HIV/AIDS control programmes, including the training of 186 International Conductors to help in the prevention of the disease. He further said that 35 HIV/AIDS Counselling Centres and 31 sites for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission and treatment were established across the state.
On primary healthcare, the commissioner said: “Each centre was also equipped and provided with a generator and a borehole.”
“We are in the final stages of the process of employing them. This is a major initiative that will greatly improve services in all the facilities under the Hospital Management Board. We have also purchased four additional ambulances to support the existing fleet.” He added.