By Olukayode Michael, in Maiduguri

Over 1,900 persons were afflicted with HIV in Borno State in the year 2017, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia disclosed on Friday.

Briefing the Press as one of the activities marking the 2017 World AIDS Day in the state, Mshelia said the state government has scaled up HIV services in 237 health facilities in wards across the state to achieve UNAIDS global strategy of 90:90:90 by 2030, that is “90% of population should be tested, 90% positives should be placed on therapy and 90% of those on drugs should have viral load suppressed.”

He said among the planned activities of the ministry to combat HIV/AIDS is “intensification of sensitization and awareness creation to the public on the HIV issues.”

He said though HIV services is a donor driven programme, the state “will implement the five-year state strategic plan and the four year sustainability roadmap developed this year.”

He said 42 HIV Testing sites have been established, including 15 at internally displaced persons camps.

He also disclosed that 12 anti-retroviral therapy sites have been established in the state, as well as52 prevention of mother to child transmission sites.

He said a total of 263,404 persons made themselves available for HIV test with 1,902 new infections discovered in 2017, revealing that 11,303 persons are currently receiving anti-retro viral therapy in the state.

Mshelia said since 2011 to date 1,402,227 cumulative HIV testing and counseling services were held in the state.