Lagos State Government has release the statistics of pregnant women tested positive to Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
According to the statement made by Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, at least 2,131 pregnant women have tested positive to Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, while 3,876 children were placed under antiretroviral therapy within the last one year.
Idris, explained that the number was discovered after conducting test for the pregnant women during their visit to the State-owned medical facilities.
“At least 38,791 pregnant women know their HIV status out of which about 2,131 (HIV positive pregnant women) were enrolled for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission program. “By the end of 2017, the support provided through Global Fund was able to avail a minimum of 226,768 persons, who were 15-year and above, with free test.”
After the test, the commissioner said that 10, 623 persons were discovered living with HIV and placed on treatments in the three councils.
He however, stated that plans had been concluded to establish a Bio-containment and Bio-Safety Laboratory, BSL, in Lagos State, saying, “This will aid accurate and prompt diagnose of highly pathogenic infectious diseases and incidents of environmental toxicity in the state.”