Abuja - People living with HIV/AIDS in Taraba State have blamed state government for the continued spread of the disease in state.
According to Johnson Abraham, State Coordinator of the PLWHA, the prevalence rate of the state which used to be 5,8 percent has suddenly increased to 10,5 percent.
He said the situation is on the verge of getting out of hand if drastic steps are not taken by the relevant authority.
Members throng out in their large numbers on Wednesday to protest the absence of antiretroviral drugs due to the ongoing strike in the Federal Medical Centre in Jalingo.
This, they said has led to the closure of the facility providing HIV/AIDS service in the state.
“We are sad that the state government is not contributing to the reduction of HIV/AIDS in the state,” said Abraham.
The group urged the state government to take a cue from other states that had made the fight against HIV/AIDS a priority.
They wondered why the state government under the leadership of the Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, had continued to drag its feet.
“HIV prevalence in the state has grown from 58 percent. What is the PDP doing about it?”
“The Taraba state government should be blame for the increase of HIV/AIDS in the state. The issue of clients suffering from taking the refill of their ARV cut across all the facilities in the state. The Government is not contributing anything to HIV/AIDS in the state. All advocacy carried out to sensitize the public in the state has become a mirage. We have done advocacy and advocacy has failed,” the group added.
Kefas Sule, the spokesperson of Acting Governor, denied the allegations by the PLWHA.
“It is not true because only a few months ago the state government approved the takeoff of Taraba Agency for the Control of Aids (TACA),” said Sule.
– CAJ News