Zamfara: 520 pregnant women get HIV treatment

FILE PHOTO: An HIV positive pregnant mother receiving treatment. Photo: AP
FILE PHOTO: An HIV positive pregnant mother receiving treatment. Photo: AP
FILE PHOTO: An HIV positive pregnant mother receiving treatment.
Photo: AP

No fewer than 520 pregnant women living with HIV are receiving antiretroviral drugs in Zamfara.

Dr. Med Maumbi, the Project Director of Management Sciences for Health, the implementation project partner in the state, disclosed this on Sunday in Gusau.

Maumbi said the decision to place the pregnant women on anti-retroviral was particularly to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

She said that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Prevention Organizational System, AIDS Control and Treatment (PRO-ACT) HIV and AIDS and Tuberculosis Control programme in the state.

The USAID, she said had funded the programme since 2013 in six out of the 14 local government areas of the state where significant achievements were recorded.

Maumbi said that 4, 436 people were enrolled in the programme after testing positive in 2013 and that the programme had managed their treatment over the period.

At the commencement of the programme, she said, 94, 141 pregnant women presented themselves for HIV test out of which the 520 were found to be positive.

She noted with satisfaction that the programme which also trained 26 health personnel to provide care services in 19 health facilities had recorded tremendous success.

Maumbi said this especially in awareness creation and enlightenment over HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis control and treatment.

The six local government areas covered by the programme in the state are Gusau, Shinkafi, Kaura-Namoda, Tsafe, Maradun and Zurmi.

As of 2014 in Nigeria, the prevalence rate among adults ages 15-49 was 3.17 per cent.

Nigeria has the second-largest number of people living with HIV.

The epidemic in Nigeria is complex and varies widely by region.

In some states, the epidemic is more concentrated and driven by high-risk behaviors, while other states have more generalized epidemics that are sustained primarily by multiple sexual partnerships in the general population.

Youth and young adults in Nigeria are particularly vulnerable, with young women at higher risk than young men.