2023 World AIDS Day: 36,137 people on medication in Adamawa-Official
Dr Mohammed Abubakar, the Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Agency for the Control of AIDS (ADSACA), said that the agency had 36,137 people on medication, while 174 died of complications in the state in 2022.
Abubakar disclosed this in Yola on Friday at an event to commemorate 2023 World AIDS Day (WAD) with the theme “Let Communities Lead.”
He said that the agency, in collaboration with partners, were doing everything possible to ensure the reduction of the virus in the state and commended the state government for the support.
He said “Ending HIV financing is expensive and the world can end AIDS when communities lead.”
According to him, the annual cost of ARV expended on one person every year is N97,000 for adults and 164,000 for children.
The Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, said that the government had engaged national and international consultants that culminated in the development of the State HIV and TB Investment Case.
Fintiri, who was represented by the Commissioner for Health and Human Resource, Dr Felix Tangwame, said “The investment approach to resource mobilization will surely enable sustainable HIV financing in the midst of dwindling international funding.”
He called on all to contribute their part in paving the way toward an AIDS-free generation.
“We undoubtedly have our challenges but great opportunities abound, and with effective partnership, we will surmount them and make the journey to HIV elimination by 2030 a dream reality”, he said.
Hajiya Lami Fintiri, Wife of the governor, urged communities to be change agents and create hope, love, and opportunities for every HIV-orphaned child.
She said “we sow the seeds of possibility by accepting hope. As we make sure that every orphan find their way to a better tomorrow, we become beacons of hope and opportunities.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the wife of the governor donated foodstuff, such as rice, spaghetti and noodles, among others, for the HIV orphans. (NAN)