By: Habila Darofai
As parts of efforts to mitigate wide spread of the virus, Kano State Ministry of health has joined the world to commomerade world HIV/ AIDs day.
World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1 to educate people and honour those who have lost their lives due to this deadly disease.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or AIDS is a life-threatening disease in which a person’s immune system becomes weak and redundant, thereby causing it to easily get affected by various common infections which in most cases lead to death while HIV or the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, AIDS is in fact a later stage complication developed when a person suffers from HIV
Speaking at a world press conference today, in Kano, with this year theme tagged “End Inequalities, End AIDS”, highlighting the fact that as much as the virus itself, the social stigma attached with it also greatly affects people.
The State commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa said, over thirty five thousand HIV AIDs patients are receiving treatment in Kano in order to mitigate the disease from further spread .
” 35 thousand patients are always taking care of by the state Government to ensure that they are treated.”
Dr .Tsanyawa stated that, to prevent mother to child transmission at about 600 centres were created across the state to ensure that the diseases is not transmitted from mother to child.
He explained that, as part of the commemoration, the Kano first lady professor Hafsat Abdullahi Umar Ganduje will inaugurate public enlightenment at the Coronation Hall of Government House..
The commissioner of Health pointed out that the Governor’s wife will also seize the opportunity to empower people with HIV /AIDS and other vulnerable groups among others. He added.
According to WHO, “Division, disparity and disregard for human rights are among the failures that allowed HIV to become and remain a global health crisis. Now, COVID-19 is exacerbating inequities and disruptions to services, making the lives of many people living with HIV more challenging.