The Centre for Integrated Health Programme (CHIP) has said that persons living with HIV/AIDS have the right to live and should not be discriminated against.
“We all know that you cannot contract HIV/AIDS by touching or sleeping on the same bed with a positive person but through blood transfusion, sharing sharp objects and unsafe sex among others,” said Chief Executive Officer of CHIP, Dr. Bolanle Oyeladun, in an interview.
As part of efforts to fight the scourge of HIV/AIDS, she disclosed that CIHP has trained about 22,000 service providers in Kaduna State. From a baseline of zero patient in care and treatment in 2006, Dr. Bolanle said, CIHP has supported 335,000 individuals in counselling and testing.
She added that to date, over 610,839 pregnant women have been counselled, tested for HIV at ante-natal care and maternity units across CIHP-supported facilities of which 12,672 positive pregnant women have received anti-retro viral intervention to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
“A total of 70,276 HIV positive individuals have been enrolled into care across the supported facilities of which 35,558 HIV adults and children have been initiated on highly active anti-retro viral drugs. Also a total of 20,095 orphans and vulnerable children are being supported to receive education across primary, secondary and vocation schools, psychosocial support, nutritional care, legal support amongst other services through CIHP support in Kaduna,” she noted.
“We have enhanced over 26 general hospitals, 461 primary health care facilities including private profit and non-profit health facilities. We have also been able to empower over 12,000 HIV positive pregnant women. In 2013 alone, with funding from PEPFA, the United States government through the centre for disease control CIHPS spent N1.28billion in Kaduna state on training, equipping health facilities, putting in place motorised boreholes among others,” she highlighted.
“We have been working with the state ministry of health and the Kaduna State AIDS Control Agency (KADSACA) in order to provide comprehensive quality HIV treatment services to the people of Kaduna State. We have also been supporting over 20,000 vulnerable children in the state. We are paying their school fees from primary to secondary school while we have trained and equipped some of them after secondary school in vocational skills,” she said.