The Lagos state government is on the path of concerning 60,000 people, WHO tested positive to Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) however failed to return for treatment.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu charged the Lagos State AIDS management Agency (LSACA) to seek out the people for immediate antiretroviral medical care.
The Governor gave the charge on Wednesday at the inauguration of the State’s HIV consortium cluster command at Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel in Victoria Island.
The event additionally featured the formal dissemination of dis-aggregated Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS).
Sanwo-Olu aforesaid the wished HIV victims were diagnosed with the virus however they weren’t captured within the State’s HIV Response database.
He aforesaid the seek for the people was to enable the State to administer adequate antiretroviral treatment on them and stop the unfold of the virus.
The Governor aforesaid one amongst the key health care goals of his administration is to cut back the quantity of recent HIV infections and facilitate victims to manage the trauma in line with best apply.
He disclosed that his Government, since the beginning, had sustained the preparation of resources to fight acquired immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) through LSACA, investment a multi-sectoral approach to attain hindrance and management.
He said: “Lagos regime and its partners have worked and sacrificed resources to attain the extent of awareness that has considerably modified the behavior of our individuals. this is often proved by the reduction within the prevalence rate that presently stands at 1.4 percent.
“Although this prevalence rate shows a discount, it’s still a supply of concern once we think about the particular range of individuals inside the bracket. There is, therefore, the necessity for us to maximize our efforts to attain an extra reduction within the prevalence rate through aggressive public enlightenment campaigns that have to be taken to the nooks and crannies of the State.
“To any achieve progress in our efforts, I’m charging LSACA and alternative stakeholders operating during this house to assist track 60,000 people that tested positive to HIV for immediate free treatment. we are not bent penalize them. we would like to make sure they need access to correct care.”
Sanwo-Olu aforesaid his Government had reinforced its commitment towards achieving the “90’90’90 Goals” of the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), stating that the Health and surroundings pillar of his administration’s development agenda, referred to as Project T.H.E.M.E.S, would be enforced to arrange Lagos in achieving the goals by 2030.
The approach being deployed, the Governor noted, would be multi-sectoral and centered on rising the health system service delivery, scaling-up community response and maintaining sustained support of programs.
He said: “This approach can think about communities and their structures that are at the forefront of the HIV response at the global, national and state levels; reaching bent individuals with hindrance, care and support additionally as treatment; promoting human rights and handling gender problems.”
Sanwo-Olu aforesaid the aim of inaugurating the Lagos State HIV consortium cluster was to produce a platform for stakeholders to collaborate and coordinate a sustained and improved response towards achieving the 90’90’90 target in Lagos.
He said: “I believe the objectives of this event can begin a replacement era in our response to the HIV/AIDS challenge as a result of the commitment of stakeholders to key into our strategic plans. I attractiveness to all residents to collaborate with us so we will reach a major reduction within the incidence rate of HIV infection in our State.
“Let us voluntarily gift ourselves at selected centers to understand our HIV standing. Being HIV positive is not any longer a death sentence as individuals living with HIV/AIDS are going to be supported with necessary medication to measure a standard life.”
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, aforesaid Governor Sanwo-Olu has incontestible “uncommon commitment” to supporting supply, noting that the Sanwo-Olu administration became the primary to commit fifteen percent of the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to funding care.
LSACA Director-General, Dr. Monsurat Adeleke, aforesaid the action between the agency and also the consortium cluster would facilitate the State to trace all the 60,000 people WHO tested positive to the virus by Sep 2020.
She listed the advantages of the consortium, saying: “The synergizing of efforts can complement and support main donors in hindrance, care, and treatment.
We will be able to harness multi-sectoral partnership for mobilization of resources for HIV interventions inside and outdoors the health sector.”
Also, Consul-General of us (U.S.) in Lagos, Ms. Claire Pierangelo, pledged continuing support for the State’s HIV/AIDS response.
She aforesaid the American government would collaborate with all stakeholders in guaranteeing the best impact for those in would like of antiretroviral medical aid.