Ogun State Government in collaboration with Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria, IHVN; Catholic Cariyas Foundation of Nigeria/Christian Health Association of Nigeria, CCFN/CHAN and Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative, AHNi, have joined forces for the eradication of HIV/AIDS by year 2020 and zero transmission by year 2030 in the state through new strategy called 90,90,90 initiatives.
The Regional Manager, South West, IHVN, Dr. Young Oluokun, disclosed this while speaking with Journalist recently at a two day workshop put together by the Ogun State HIV programme, State Implementation Team, SIT, Stakeholders’ Meeting held in Abeokuta.
Dr. Oluokun disclosed that the World Conference on HIV/AIDS, had emphasised that by year 2020, 90% of people would have been tested, 90 per cent tested positive should be placed on Anti-Retroviral Drugs, ARV and 90 per cent of people on ARV should have achieved the stage of viral suppression called the U-NEED 90,90,90, adding that some patients were currently being placed on ARV that would make them live as long as 10 to 20 years.
While urging the State House of Assembly members to look into passing the Stigmatisation Bill, Dr. Oluokun said another major challenge being encountered was the low rate of staff strength across the health facilities in the State, saying that this was a threat that could drastically reduce the output of their mission in Ogun State.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Daisi Odeniyi, said the free HIV/AIDS counselling and testing activities conducted in some local government areas of the State revealed that Ifo has the highest number of positive patients, saying that with the help of the development partners collaborating with the State on issues concerning HIV/AIDS, the virus would be reduced to the barest minimum.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director, State AIDS/STI Control Programme, Dr. Toyin Adeyemi, said the State has been more proactive with regards to the eradication of HIV/AIDS among other diseases with the introduction of ARAYA Health Scheme, calling on well-meaning Nigerians and other developmental partners to join hands with the State Government in the campaign against the Virus.
He said the present administration led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun was very concerned about anything regarding to health issues in the State, adding that the State was ready to collaborate with both Foreign and Local NGOs that would take the State to the next level on health related issues.

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