The Nasarawa state government said weekend that it has recorded 82,302 people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/Aids) in the state.
State Aids control programme Monitoring and Evaluation officer (M&E), Ministry of Health, Hajiya Halimatu Musa, stated this at a two-day training of media houses on youth friendly HIV/AIDS program in collaboration with the Nasarawa state Agency for the Control of AIDS (NASACA) Sunday, in Abuja.
She stated that 90 percent of people living with HIV/Aids have a suppressed viral load and encouraged them on regular and sustainable uptake of their drugs to avoid new infection in the state.
She, therefore, called for more support from the Federal Ministry of Health and other partners to procure and supply the state with testing kids and other preventive packages.
The executive director, Nasarawa state Aids Control Agency (NASACA) Dr. Ruth Bello, said the training was organised to let the media know the level of progress recorded as well as the way forward in the fight against HIV/Aids in the state.
She said the state has recorded the reduction of HIV/Aids prevalence from 6.4 to 2.0 due to effective level of awareness created by NASACA with the support from the media and solicited for more synergy in that direction.
She appealed to media to apply a factual, none judgmental reporting style that would help maintain the health and support those infected with and affected by the virus in the society, especially women and youth.
“The objective of the train exposed is to expose journalists and media practitioners from the broadcast, print, and online media to the rudiments of HIV/AIDS reporting, and teach them the right words and languages to be used in reporting the illness in a way that would promote positive living and give hope to people living with the virus,” she said…