A shocking health statistics recently released by the Lagos State Ministry of Health has indicated that at least 2,131 pregnant women tested positive to Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, while 3,876 children were placed under antiretroviral therapy within the last one year.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who gave the statistics, explained that the number was discovered after conducting test for the pregnant women during their visit to the State-owned medical facilities.
According to him; “At least 38,791 pregnant women know their HIV status out of which about 2,131 (HIV positive pregnant women) were enrolled for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission program. By the end of 2017, the support provided through Global Fund was able to avail a minimum of 226,768 persons, who were 15-year and above, with free test.”
After the test, the commissioner noted that 10, 623 persons were discovered living with HIV and placed on treatments in the three councils.
He however, stated that plans had been concluded to establish a Bio-containment and Bio-Safety Laboratory, BSL, in Lagos State, saying that the process “will aid accurate and prompt diagnose of highly pathogenic infectious diseases and incidents of environmental toxicity in the state.”
Idris explained that the Bio-containment and Bio-Safety Laboratory would be sited within the premises of the Lagos Mainland Hospital, Yaba Lagos, with the task to prevent dreaded diseases such as Ebola.
He stated that the facility which was being funded with support from the Global Partnership Programme (GPP) Canada, was a fall-out of successful containment of Ebola outbreak in 2004.
According to Idris, bio-samples would be stored in the bio-bank of the Laboratory for medical research and international collaboration on research and discovery.