'Ondo has enough retroviral drug facilities’ - The Hope Newspapers

‘Ondo has enough retroviral drug facilities’

Admin 04 Dec, 2017 News

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.

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