By Fatima Muraina
Ondo State Government has declared that it has enough retroviral drug for HIV victims in the State, so that it doesn’t go into full blown AIDs
The State Commissioner for Health Dr. Abdulwahab Adegbenro made this known in an interview with The Hope shortly after declaring open the World AIDS Day 2017 in Akure Ondo State.
Adegbenro said the state government had provided all the necessary facilities like free test and treatment among others to ensure that there is no further spread of the disease in the State.
He said, the State has been in the forefront ensuring that the HIV pandemic is brought to the lowest minimum within the populace.
“We have been providing drugs and liaising with international bodies to ensure that those infected are giving retroviral drugs to ensure that they do not develop into full blown AIDS.
While charging infected people to avail themselves of the treatment, Adegbenro said they should not cover it because he said it will still expose them when it eventually becomes full blown AIDS if not treated as expected.
Also, the programme Manager of the Ondo state Agency for the Control of AIDS (ODSACA),Dr. Dayo Adegbulu observed the need for more infected persons to go and acquire the treatment provided by the state government.
“We want more people who are positive to go and access treatment. There is no local government within the state that does not have enough facilities, but we can do better”, he stated.
According to him, the state could scale up to each electoral ward having HIV related services thus each of those primary Health care facilities to be linked up to comprehensive health facilities to what is known as hob and scope.
The Director of Public in the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ola Oba Ado urged infected people to access treatment in all the state health facilities.
“We have drugs and they should not feel discriminated against. Some do not access these drugs because of shame seeing them accessing care as HIV patient believing people will run away from them”, he said.