HIV-AIDS Test Kits Needed In Bauchi

The state's Agency for the Control of HIV-AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria (BACATMA) has appealed to several bodies to assist the state with test kits to combine the achievement recorded in handling the infection in the state.

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HIV-AIDS Test Kits Needed In Bauchi
HIV-AIDS Test Kits Needed In Bauchi

Test kits for HIV-AIDs are highly needed in Bauchi state.

The state’s Agency for the Control of HIV-AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria (BACATMA) has appealed to several bodies to assist the state with test kits to combine the achievement recorded in handling the infection in the state.

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The Executive Chairman of BACATMA, Dr Sani Mohammed Dambam, uncovered this during an European Union EU-UN Mission observing of the COVID-19 palliatives to recipients of the EU Basket Fund to HIV-AIDS weak patients in Bauchi.

Dr Dambam said the state had made huge progress in the control of HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis, disease and intestinal sickness because of the consolidated exertion of the state government and advancement accomplices.

“In 2001, the prevalence of HIV-AIDS in Bauchi State was 6.8 per cent, which was higher than the national average of 5.2 per cent, but to God be the glory, with the support and commitment of the good people of Bauchi State and our partners, in 2018 the prevalence rate of HIV-AIDS in Bauchi was only 0.4 per cent; which was lower than the national average of 1.4 per cent.

“Due to the dwindling funding associated with the COVID-19 pandemic that sparked global recession, many of our doors are closing out.

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“Currently, we have some gaps, although the state government is trying to cover the gaps, but we are still calling on our partners to assist us by extending some of these projects and increasing funding of the projects, particularly the provision of HIV-AIDS test kits,” he said.

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