Kano, March 9, 2017 (TNE): The Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA) says it is supervising the treatment of 17,379 women living with HIV in the state.
The Director-General of the agency, Dr Usman Bashir, made this known on Wednesday in Kano during the celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day.
Bashir said that the treatment was to ensure that the affected lived meaningful lives devoid of stigma.
He said that 1,443 pregnant women were prevented from transmitting the virus to their children through antenatal and postnatal care across the delivery centres in 2016.
The director-general also said that the agency had organised Multi Diseases Medical Outreach in 12 local government areas in which 14,042 women were tested for HIV, diabetes and hypertension free.
He said that medicines were also administered to those diagnosed with illness free of charge.
He called on women to recognise the day which was tagged: ‘Be Bold for Change’ to avoid risky behaviours, as such could expose them to HIV.
Bashir said the United Nations had set aside March 8 of every year to mark the International Women’s Day in appreciation of the achievements of women.
He commended the state government for providing sound healthcare facilities for its citizens.
Bashir said government had recently bought HIV testing kits and anti-retroviral drugs worth N24 million which were distributed to counseling centres across the state. (TNE)