LOKOJA – The Kogi State Agency for the Control of AIDS says the prevalence of HIV and AIDS in the state has dropped from 5.8 per cent in 2010 to 1.4 per cent in 2012.
Hajia Rahinatu Bala, the Executive Secretary of the agency, made this known while on fact finding visit to Lokoja.
Bala also lauded the coordinators of HIV and AIDS in the state for their contributions toward achieving the feat.
She urged the coordinators not to relent in their efforts, saying that the agency’s target was to achieve zero prevalence as soon as possible.
Bala also commended Gov. Idris Wada for his interest and support to the agency since his assumption of office.
In his remark, Mr Henry Ukwubile, the Special Adviser to the Governor on HIV and AIDS, urged the coordinators to prepare for sustainability of the programme.
Ukwubile said that plan by some partners to withdraw support for the programme in 2015 should not lead to its collapse.
He urged other stakeholders to brace up for the challenge of reducing the spread of the scourge. (NAN)