Dr Zakari Umar, the Executive Director of Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency (NASACA), says 54 babies delivered amongst January and September in the state tested positive to HIV.
Umar made this known on Thursday in Lafia in a meeting with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
[sociallocker]Umar said out of the 1,194 pregnant ladies who entered into the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) HIV program in 2017, 54 of them transmitted the infection to their infants.
He clarified that instances of transmission recorded were because of absence of adherence to medicinal guidance and refusal to take recommended drugs.
“Science has demonstrated that it is conceivable to thoroughly destroy mother to child transmission of HIV if pregnant women hold fast to medicinal guidance and take their medications consistently.
“Those women whose babies tested positive must have refused to comply with their drug regimen during pregnancy,” Umar included.
As indicated by him, the instance of mother to child transmission of HIV in the state has decreased throughout the years because of sensitisation and other preventive measures taken by partners.[/sociallocker] He said accessible records from 2016 demonstrated that 66 babies were conceived with HIV.
Umar credited diminishment in transmission of the infection to babies in 2017 to sensitisation and appropriation of the PMTCT program.
He additionally educated individuals concerning the general population to maintain a strategic distance from acts that would make them defenseless against the infection, including “the virus is not yet over hence the need for people to take preventive measures.”
The official executive asked individuals to get tested to enable them know their status with a specific end goal to abridge spread of the virus.
He said the state had trained the counter trashing law went for ensuring those living with the infection.
Umar, in this way, exhorted those being disparaged on the record of the sickness to dependably look for review at the suitable quarter.