DELTA State Government has again reiterated its commitment to quality healthcare provision, just as experts have stressed the need for residents and indigenes of Delta State to make their knowledge of HIV status a continuous affair.
According to the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, who spoke exclusively with at the weekend, said: “There is no prevalence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Delta State as it is not a common occurrence here. Rather, what the state government does is to continually ensure that adequate measures are in place to tackle such incident as they crop up. Just like other states, we have the Delta State Agency for the Control of AIDS (DELSACA).
“Like the seriousness we attach to every other sectors, we have also been able to tackle all issues concerning the health of our people as it is important to us. That is why we take the issue of contributory health scheme with over 530,000 registered already, because the health of our people is of utmost importance to the state government.”
This is coming on the heels of donations of Rapid Test kits by the Executive Secretary of Delta State Agency for the Control of AIDS, DELSACA, Dr. John Osuyali; and data collated by Caritas Nigeria, a Non Governmental Organization that put the, yet to be identified, cases of HIV at 47,000 out of 69,000 cases recorded previously.
This was disclosed by the state’s Senior Technical Leader Dr. Dorcas Magbadelo who doubles as Deputy team leader, during the inaugural meeting to tackle HIV/AIDS epidemic in the state held in Asaba last week.
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