From Tom Garba, Yola
Commissioner of Health, Adamawa State, Dr Fatima Atiku Abubakar, has said that the state has recorded a significant decline in HIV prevalence as revealed by the National Survey in 2012.
According to Atiku, the prevalence rate was at the peak of 3.8% in 2010 and dropped to 1.9% in 2012. She ascribed the success to the World Bank as the funding partners and FHI 360 as one of the lead HIV implementation partners in the state.
Atiku disclosed this during the flag-off campaign to distribution 3,200 tons of drugs for preventing the transmission of HIV by pregnant women to their unborn babies and the distribution of three CD4 count machines that are crucial for monitoring and management of persons living with HIV/AIDs.
In his own submission, Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Action on the Control of Aid (ADSACA), Dr Stephen John, acknowledge the relentless effort of the health commissioner towards making sure all drugs needed were provided.
He added that the drugs would cater for the lives of over 4,260 pregnant women living with HIV/AIDs.
Program Manager, Tulsi Chanrai Foundation Public Health Centre, Dr Devendra Sonawane, said the organisation would stand steadfast in making sure that every HIV-positive pregnant woman was properly managed to have a safe delivery and a HIV free child.
Tulsi Chanrai Foundation is an international donor agency that is taking care of people living with HIV/AIDS in Adamawa State.