Borno state approves N45m for HIV/AIDS care

The Borno Government has approved N45million counterpart fund for HIV/AIDS development programmes in the state.

Malam Muhammad Barkindo the Executive Secretary, Borno State Agency For the Control of HIV/AIDS and Malaria ( BOSACAM said the funding by the state also complements the support), being provided by UNICEF which supports through screening, drugs administration and World Health Organisation (WHO) which provides expertise for surveillance and monitoring.

Barkindo said the state government has written to 39 non-governmental organizations on areas of collaboration to bring HIV programmes to its citizens whom he said are mostly “living in the host communities or in the IDPs camps in the state capital.”

“We want a situation where special priority attention is given to persons living with such ailment especially in the IDPS camps,’’ Barkindo emphasized.

Mallam Barkindo also said that three staff of the agency are stationed in “each of the 16 IDPs camps in the state capital to conduct anti-retroviral therapy to persons living with HIV/AIDS, adding that the state is also encouraging “pregnant women to go for antenatal clinics and test, so as to know their status and check mother-to-child transmission.’’

 HIV IN IDP CAMPS

The continuing battle against Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State has led to an increase in the number of HIV recorded, and many of them are inaccessible so are not getting treatment.

Early this month, Malam Barkindo Saidu, the Executive Secretary, Borno Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (BOSACA), said 512 new cases of HIV infections were detected in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state.

Malam Barkindo said “only 32 out of the 90 anti-retroviral centres were still operational in the state’’ as the others have closed.’’

He called on the Federal Government and donor agencies to intervene in the HIV and AIDS control in the

Currently, 2.4 per cent of the population of the state is living with HIV and AIDS, which translates to 108,000 persons, going by the record of the National Population Commission.