The National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) on Thursday announced the reduction of HIV/Aids prevalence rate in West Africa.
The Chairman of the Governing Body of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization and Director General of the NACA, Mr John Idoko, told a gathering in Abuja that Nigeria is recording a minus three percent new infection rates while Ghana has achieved a minus-one prevalence rate.
The organization is set up to control the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/Aids and Ebola in the West African sub region.
14 years after its establishment, Chairman of the organization said the region has achieved significant reduction in the prevalence of HIV/Aids and control of other disease that are easily transferred along the borders of these countries where 65% of the economic activities of West African states happen.
Commending the efforts of the West African countries, the representative of the United Nations Agency for HIV/Aids said there is need for more co-operation and integration of other country borders to ensure that the West African sub-region achieves the United Nations goal of eliminating HIV/Aids completely or reducing it to the barest minimum by the year 2020.
Channels Television’s Amaka Okafor reports that the consensus at the event is that the results achieved by the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization needs to be replicated along other borders in the West African sub-region to achieve the aim of completely eradicating HIV/Aids from the region.
The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has embarked on a free multi-disease medical outreach treatment to carter for rural dwellers that could not afford the general hospitals in their domain.
Since the past four days, residents of Mangu Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State, North-central Nigeria have been beneficiaries of the medical outreach which took place at the Mishkaham Mangu Palace.
Various ailments ranging from HIV/AIDS counselling and testing, Hepatitis B test and treatment, blood pressure, hypertension, diabetic screening as well as free medical consultation were rendered to the public by no fewer than 50 medical doctors.
An Assistant Director with NACA, Garba Danjuma, who led the medical personnel, stressed what the residents stand to benefit from the gesture provided by the agency which was according to him, holding across the nation.
The Chairman of Mangu LGA, Titus Bise, who flagged off the exercise, reminded the people of the need to take advantage of such programme saying it does not come too often.
Having received treatment for various ailments, some of the beneficiaries shared their experiences and what they gained from the exercise.
Director General of the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Professor John Idoko has appealed to religious leaders to partner with the agency in spreading the message of prevention of HIV/AIDS saying it remains the most effective means of controlling new infections of HIV/AIDS.
Speaking in Abuja at a special thanksgiving and awareness creation service held at the Central Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Professor Idoko says the collaboration of religious leaders will help in reducing the nation’s HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.
He said efforts are being made by the agency not just to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, but to achieve zero prevalence rate in the nearest future.
Area Pastor of the church, Pastor Emenike Chijioke, pledged the support of the church to control the spread of the disease.
He further added that there is a need for the church to express more love towards persons already infected in order to help them live their lives without stigmatization.