In Taraba, Out of 2,156 persons tested for Human Immunodeficiency virus, HIV, across the sixteen local government areas of the State last week, 77 persons were confirmed positive, according to the Taraba State Agency for the Control of Aids, TACA.
The Director-General of the Agency, Dr Garba Danjuma disclosed this in a weekly review on the performance of the Implementation Partners working on HIV, tuberculosis as well as Orphans and Vulnerable Children, OVC. in the state.
He said currently, 36,396 persons are living with HIV in Taraba.
Dr Danjuma said 76 out of the 77 persons who tested positive, were linked to treatment with various health facilities across the State. He added that 359 of the number who tested positive are children between 0-14 years old.
“During our mass testing and treatment project over the weekend, only 77 persons were confirmed positive for the virus out of 2,156 tested across 16 local government areas of the state. We tested 359 children between 0-14 years old.
“The 76 out of the 77 victims have already been linked for treatment with various health facilities across the state,” he said.
The Director explained that the desire of the Taraba State is to eliminate HIV before 2030 to make sure that no person died as a result of the disease again.