Niger / Epidemiology: HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Niger is 6.2% women

18 Aug, 2009
By: Minna Salihu N. Muhammad

The wife of Niger state governor, Hajiya Jummai Babangida has lamented that HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the state is 6.2 per cent, women and youth are the most vulnerable.  Hajiya Jummai said this with dismay during the occasion of the flag off of ceremony of a comprehensive treatment site at General Hospital Gawu Babangida in Gurara local government area of Niger state.

She said, the Hospital is the twelfth (12th) Comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment site in the state which will deliver the services of HIV Voluntary Counselling and Treatment,(VCT), Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Home Base Care and Support and Supply of Anti-retroviral Drugs, adding that all these services are free of charge.

She urged everybody in and around the area particularly pregnant women, to access this gesture that comes their ways as according to her; this will go along way in reducing the high rate of infant maternal mortality in the state and the country at large.  Furthermore, she appreciated the effort of Niger state Agency for the Control HIV/AIDS(NGSACA), state ministry of health for partnering with the Friends in Global Health in establishing the very important treatment site. She, therefore, implored the wife of the council chairman and Local Government Action Committee on AIDS (LACA), to mobilize every ward to access the facilities being provided.

In his speech, the state’s Director-General, NGSACA, Pharmacist Adamu Baba Umaru has lauded the effort of the wife of the state governor, Hajiya Jummai Babangida Aliyu for taking time out of her busy schedules, to flag off the comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment site at Gawu Babangida in Gurara LGA of the state.  Pharm Baba Umaru explained that there were about 11 comprehensive sites across the state and the flag-off were supported by Friends of Global Health, reiterating that the Management Science for Health (MSH) have six sites, Family Health International/Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria(FHI/GHAIN) have three sites while the Institution of Virology has one site as well. 

He maintained that the state has about 42 feeder sites which he used this opportunity to appeal to all and sundry to make use of these facilities in order to reduce the present 6.2 per cent HIV/AIDS, to a maximum of one per cent, as well to curb the further spread of the virus within and outside the area and the state in particularly.  Meanwhile, he disclosed that the agency specifically sited Gawu Babangida because of chains of the truck drivers that spend their night and the possibility of Hawking among girls in that environment.