2239 pregnant women tested HIV positive in Kaduna in 2014 – Report says
By Aex Uangbaoje
2239, women where tested HIV positive in Kaduna in 2014, this was part of data released on the update of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS of by Mal. Lawal Abubakar, Secretary Kaduna State PMTCT,TWG.
Presenting paper during a one day media Chief Executives and producers/health correspondents review meeting on Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission
(PMTCT) of HIV organised by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Kaduna C Field office in collaboration with the Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC) held in Zaria.
Mal. Lawal said 377 women out of the figure are from Kaduna North, 262 Chikun, 237 Kachia and 213 in Zaria local government areas respectively while lowest are Kudan 8, Kauru 11 and Kaura 16 women who where tested to be HIV positive in 2014.
The data reveals that only 764 out the 2239 returned to health facilities providing PMTCT services in the state. Those who didn’t return according to finds, did so for the fear of not being stigmatised while some other who refused to tell their husbands did so for the fear of being divorced from their marriage.
According him 70% target was set for HIV testing for pregnant women in the state but unfortunately only 7 out of the 23 local government where able to met the target which falls below the overall target for the state.
He said although, the numbers of health facilities providing PMTCT services in the state has increased from 37 in 2007 to 475 in 2014 yet there is poor utilisation of counselling and testing services in the state.
The report said the Central senatorial Zone of the state recorded less than 48%, Southern Zone 54% and North 61% of women that attended HIV testing counselling facilities in 2014. It added that even though the response is not encouraging but there was little move from the previous record of 40% in 2014 to the current average of 54% in 2014.
In his submission Mal. Lawal noted the increase in State and local government commitment and the persistence on the part of development partners and the media in the fight against HIV/AIDs in Kaduna. Saying “more skilled health workers should be made available in all health facilities in the state.