2,131 PREGNANT WOMEN TEST HIV POSITIVE IN LAGOS
Lagos State Commissioner for Well-Being, Dr Jide Idris while briefing pressmen on the activities of the ministry at Ikeja disclosed that, at least 2,131 pregnant women tested to being HIV positive while 3,876 children were placed under antiretroviral therapy within the last one year.
According to him, these statistics were discovered after tests were conducted for pregnant women who visited the state-owned medical facilities.
He further explained that the state received $9.6 million grant from a donor agency which was used to help conduct the AIDS survey, implementation and provision of technical support for residents in Epe, Ikorodu and Oshodi-Isolo councils.
“This first phase of the grant was described as the pilot phase and it was agreed that the success of Lagos State in this phase would be a benchmark for which the Global Fund would be in a position to implement in other states in the country for implementation and indeed other sub-national entities worldwide for program implementation. During the pilot phase of the grant (January – December, 2017), a total sum of USD9,623,390.08 was made available to the Principal Recipient to cover Procurement of Health products for PLHIV, conduct of the Lagos State AIDS Indicator Survey, Implementation and Technical Support to Health facilities in the 3 LGAs by the Sub-Recipient (APIN) and funds to the LSMOH for Grant Management. The Lagos State Government approved State Counterpart Funds to the tune of 10% of the total grant sum to support programme implementation. By the end of 2017, the support provided through Global Fund was able to avail a minimum of 226,768 persons (+15yrs) with free HIV counselling and testing as well as knowledge of their HIV status, with the cumulative total of 10,623 PLHIV in the 3 LGA’s placed on the life-saving Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART),” he said
Dr Jide Idris disclosed that the agreement between the Lagos State Government and Global Fund was signed in February 2017 with Lagos State Ministry of Health, expected to receive and manage fund to cater for its key objectives which include improving the quality of life for the infected, affected, and to reduce new HIV infections in the state.