The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), Dr Oluseyi Temowo, has said that the State has recorded a drop in HIV/AIDS prevalence.
He revealed this during the recent World AIDS Day celebration saying: “We know that there is a drop of 1.7 percent, and the screening done among communities the prevalence rate is 0.3 percent, whereby 576, 406 were screened at different health facilities, and 29, 010 were screened at communities.
‘’The figure on positive expectant mothers at antenatal in 2014 is four percent but now, we have 1.4 percent.’’
He added that there are about 217, 658 positive people in the state, and about 64, 554 who are on Anti-retroviral (ARV).
Furthermore, Temowo said the state was planning to screen physically challenged people living with for HIV, starting with the deaf and the blind.
“This set of people were neglected before but the decision to enlist them is to ensure nobody is left behind in ensuring that the state captured everybody for an HIV/AIDS state,” he said.
He, however, urged non- governmental organisations to collaborate with the state on HIV/AIDS to focus on villages, communities and rural areas to achieve the set target of eradicating the virus by 2030.
Meanwhile, Temowo said the agency would screen for HIV in some markets at Ikorodu and Epe divisions as well as some parts of Ikeja and Alimosho divisions.
“The market HIV intervention will continue after the World AIDS Day on December 1.We are targeting the market because it is an all-inclusive thing to achieve 90:90:90,” he said.