Anambra State Aids Control Agency (ANSACA) has stated that the state is the fifth highest in HIV transmission in Nigeria.
Executive Director of ANSACA, Mr Johnbosco Ementa, who made this revelation at a two-day stakeholders meeting organised by the agency on Thursday in Awka said the prevalence was among people aged 15 to 49 years.
He said that the meeting was for the stakeholders to brainstorm on how best to scale up the campaign to eliminate HIV transmission in the state
“The agency is working tirelessly to ensure its reduction or elimination by promoting behavioural change in both low and high population, and increasing awareness and sensitisation among the general population.
“We are also working with targeted stakeholders to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS in the state. Let me also inform you that plans are underway to domesticate the 2014 HIV Anti Stigma Bill in Anambra State,” Ementa added.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike, called for more efforts to reduce HIV transmission in the state.
Obidike who was represented by the Director of Public Health, Dr Afam Anaeme, lamented that the pattern of transmission of the disease had made prevention a bit difficult in the state.