HIV/AIDS: UNICEF raises alarm over adolescence deaths rates in Kaduna
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Feb 25, Abuja: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) expressed worried over the rates of deaths among adolescence in Kaduna northwest Nigeria.
The agency said there is the need to accelerate actions at finding the adolescence, test them so as to put the positive on treatment.
UNICEF's Chief of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha stated this while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after her team met with the state's Executive Council at government House Kaduna.
"We need to accelerate actions at finding the adolescence, test them andput the positive on treatment and keep them on treatment.
"There is therefore, the need to engage the communities, families, themedia and other relevant stakeholders on demand creation to the adolescence," she said.
The HIV chief explained that she was in the state to brief the council onwhat UNICEF, in partnership with the state government was doing to addressthe scourge of HIV in the state.
The agency expressed confidence that the State would end all new cases of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS by 2020.
Mbori-Ngacha explained that to achieve the target, the the state intend to reach 90 per cent coverage, where all pregnant women in the state haveaccess to preventive services.
She said that the state government was committed to achieving the target, considering the huge amount of resources released for HIV response.
"We want the council to know what has been achieved in terms of response, how the state is fearing and where we want Kaduna state to be by2018.
"On where Kaduna is, I want to say that the HIV prevalence trend is going down and has continued to go down.Although the ongoing HIV/AIDS Indicator Survey would give us the currently prevalence rate, early indicators have shown that the prevalence trend is on the downward trend.
"There is also an upward trend in the coverage of essential services for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, treatment of children as well as adolescence and young person services, "she said
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