A new report has revealed four Local Government Areas in Lagos State dominated by HIV disease.
The HIV prevalent Local Government Areas in the Centre of Excellence were disclosed on Thursday.
The Commissioner for Health Prof Akin Abayomi revealed this on his Instagram.
The Local Government Areas are:
This update was culled from a survey by the Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation.
It was entitled ‘Nigerian HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey report in Lagos State’.
The list of the affected Local Government Areas in Lagos State can be accessed below:
Eti-Osa – 6.1 per cent
Ibeju-Lekki – 3.1 per cent
Epe – 3.1 per cent
Ojo – 3.1 per cent
Apapa – 2.9 per cent
Ikorodu – 2.8 per cent
“According to the report, HIV prevalence among adults in Lagos state is 1.3 per cent, with women accounting for 1.9 per cent compared to men at 0.8 per cent.
“The report also put the overall viral load suppression prevalence among adults living with HIV at 42.0 per cent,” Abayomi noted.
Meanwhile, the Health Commissioner noted that the report provides how to control the spread.
He said that this can be done with a focus on targeted community-level testing.
Also, planned care and treatment in the area of high prevalence and low testing coverage.
The World Health Organisation, WHO understands that HIV remains a global health issue.
Data are available to the WHO confirms that HIV has claimed 33.6 million lives so far. However, this is still subjected to an estimate of between 27.2 – 47.8 million lives.
Still, there is no scientific proof that HIV infections are curable.
However, with several preventive, treatment and care HIV can be managed despite being a chronic disease.
“There were an estimated 37.7 million [30.2–45.1 million] people living with HIV at the end of 2020, over two-thirds of whom (25.4 million) are in the WHO African Region.
“In 2020, 680,000 [480 000–1.0 million] people died from HIV-related causes and 1.5 million [1.0–2.0 million] people acquired HIV.
“To reach the new proposed global 95–95–95 targets set by UNAIDS, we will need to redouble our efforts to avoid the worst-case scenario of 7.7 million HIV-related deaths over the next 10 years, increasing HIV infections due to HIV service disruptions during COVID-19, and the slowing public health response to HIV,” WHO said.
Source: PUNCH HealthWise