IN pursuant of the commitment of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, towards eliminating the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV/AIDS, by 2030, the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency, LSACA has embarked on massive screening of about 36,000 residents of Ikorodu.
Disclosing this in a chat with Good Health Weekly, the during the flag-off ceremony in Ikorodu, the Chief Executive Officer. LSACA, Dr. Oluseyi Temowo, said that the story of HIV/AIDS has changed because 30 years ago, HIV was regarded as unknown disease, and a lot of people died because of it. “But today, HIV is no longer a death sentence rather it is a life sentence. “People can now live their normal life because there are drugs, prevention and control in place so if anybody dies of HIV/AIDS it is because he or she did not take care of him or herself.
He projected over 36,000 people to be screened in Ikorodu area alone while the exercises will took place across different part of the state.
Temowo pointed out that part of the reason for the exercises was to halt mother-to-child- transmission and achieved the target of vision 90-90-90 initiative by year 2020, “So long pregnant women that is positive to HIV take her medication properly, the child she will delivered will not have it because the drug will have suppress the power of transmission.
“So we belief is a way forward in eradicating HIV/AIDs, once our younger once no longer positive, likely of transmitting it through sexual behaviour is no longer there, we now be talking about older generation to teach them on how to take care of themselves.
“Our commitment is that by 2020, 90 percent of people living with HIV would have know their status, 90 percent out of those that are positive will be taking their drugs regularly and 90 percent must have viral suppression.
He said if such target can be achieved, by 2030 Lagos state would have eradicated HIV. “In doing this we are going to visit different part of Lagos and those positive will be referred to where they will get medication, and their viral level can suppressed.”
In Kosofe LGA, the Baale of Ajegunle Community, Chief Moyosola Oladunjoye said that the people of the community would take advantage.