University Don Laments Poor Healthcare For HIV Patients

1 December 2018 National News News

A Professor of Nephrology and HIV/AIDS, Jos University Teaching Hospital Ochei Agbaji has expressed regret that over fifty percent of HIV patients in the country are not linked to health care.

He stated this in a lecture in Jos to mark this year’s WORLD AIDS DAY.

Professor Agbaji, who spoke on the topic , ‘know your status’, which is also the theme for this year said united nations AID has given the country a mandate to ensure ninety percent below suppression of HIV.

He said the country has about three point one million HIV infected persons but has only been able to treat about one point two leaving a gap of one point eight, whom he insists must be identified and treated.

He noted that there was no need for people to die as a result of HIV, noting that there was enough drugs which are freely available.

In his address, Chairman Nigerian Medical Association Committee on HIV AiDs Professor Innocent Ujah, who was represented by the NMA Chairman Plateau state, Dr Titus Dajel said about five point nine percent of people in the state are living with HIV AIDS, with only thirty -five percent on anti retroviral drugs.

He also said the violent conflict in the state had contributed to the spread of HIV AIDS in the state. 

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