National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, has targeted a minimum of 5000 persons for the HIV/AIDS tests currently going on nationwide, according to an official.
Garba Danjuma, Assistant Director, Partnership Coordination, NACA, stated this at the flag-off of the 4-day multi-disease medical outreach on Friday in Mangu, Plateau State.
He said that NACAA was working toward getting to zero HIV cases, which was the 2015 world AIDS day target. “We want Nigeria to be HIV free by 2020,’’ he declared.
Danjuma said that NACA was conducting other tests on hepatitis b, blood pressure and malaria, while drugs would also be freely given to the patients and added that the outreach had 10 doctors and 50 medical personnel to help conduct the exercise.
According to him, Mangu was chosen ahead of Jos to ensure access to the facilities by the rural populace.
In his remarks, PLACA Executive Director, Mr. Markus Koka, said that AIDS prevalence rate had reduced in Plateau, from 7.8 per cent to 0.8 per cent in 2015.
He enjoined those in Mangu for the exercise to call up others to boost the number of beneficiaries and called on the Plateau State government to pay up the backlog of counterpart funding on the HIV programmes, to qualify the state for even more of such populist programmes.

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