World AIDS Day: Infection rate reduces in Niger, 2,374 test positive


By Mohammed Usman

The HIV prevalent rate in Niger State has dropped to 0.7 percent with hope of reducing to 0 percent, while 2, 374 persons, including six infants tested positive this year.

Niger State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Makusidi, disclosed this at a press briefing to mark the year 2021 World AIDS Day yesterday.

The commissioner also said that a total of 2,368 clients tested positive in the state between January till date in the state .

The 2021 World AiIDs Day with the theme, “End Inequality, End AIDS, End Pandemic”, according to him, is timely, adding that over 90 percent of all HIV positive clients have achieved viral suppression.

“Currently, Niger has a prevalence of 0.7 percent which is the lowest in the entire North-Central zone and the government is committed towards ensuring that the HIV prevalence comes down to zero by the year 2030”.

According to him, “HIV/AIDS data for the year under review shows that between January 1st to November 30th 2021, a total of 137,834 clients were counselled, tested and received results. Out of these, 2,368 clients were tested positive”.

According to the commissioner, all the HIV positive infants were those whose mother did not attend antenatal services.

Also, the Commissioner said that there was no case of Omicron variants of the Covid-19 virus recorded in Niger State.


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