Ogun State, Nigeria, is grappling with an alarming HIV/AIDS situation. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, reveals that an estimated 46,143 residents are living with the disease. Out of this number, 33,489 identified individuals are receiving sustained treatment. However, a significant count of 12,654 individuals remain untreated, a concern that came to light during a briefing on the activities for the 2023 World AIDS Day in Abeokuta, the state's capital.
Ogun State's HIV/AIDS Statistics
From 2020 to 2023, the state tested 782,005 people for HIV/AIDS, yielding 21,083 positive cases. The prevalence rate of HIV in the state stands at 1.6%, indicating that 12,654 HIV positive persons are currently not receiving Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART). These alarming figures underscore the magnitude of the health crisis.
Striving for the UNIADs 95-95-95 Target
Ogun State aims to achieve the UNIADs 95-95-95 target by 2030. The objective of this global health initiative is to have 95% of people living with HIV know their status, 95% of diagnosed individuals on treatment, and 95% of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads. The goal is ambitious but crucial in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Achieving this target would mean zero new HIV infections by 2030.
Intensifying the Battle Against HIV/AIDS
The state is waging an intense war against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. To increase testing capacity, 400 testing centers have been established across the state's 20 local government areas. The number of health facilities offering HIV services has also seen a significant increase. The state has introduced HIV testing in tertiary institutions and urges youths to take the test. The Ogun State Action Committee on HIV/AIDS is on the frontline of these initiatives, working tirelessly to reach the unreached and facilitate treatment for the affected.