It’s official: Kaduna has second highest HIV prevalence rate in Nigeria

Posted by Garba Ahmed, Kaduna | 17 June 2015 | 3,487 times

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna States has on Tuesday, said the state has the second highest HIV prevalence in the country, and only 36% of mothers have the benefit of being attended to by skilled birth attendants.

In his speech at the Kaduna State Healthcare Summit in Kaduna, Governor El-Rufai sought the vast improvement in healthcare outcomes for our people, adding that, the present situation is unacceptable.

“Kaduna State has the second highest HIV prevalence in the country, and only 36% of mothers have the benefit of being attended by skilled birth attendants,” he said.

The governor said that, current coverage of measles vaccine is 56%, reflecting dismal immunisation coverage for 12-23 month-olds of only 35%, adding: “Latest available date suggests that only a paltry 2% of under-fives with malaria are treated with ACTs.”

He said his administration has recognised health as an important public good, and has also identified it as one of the priority areas of this administration.

“Our goal is to deliver for Kaduna State citizens better health and longer life expectancy, and in this quest we seek results that will place our state in the top tier for healthcare delivery.

“We are committed to devoting more resources to improving the life chances of our people. To free these resources, we are focused on reducing the cost of governance. This is why the Deputy Governor and I have voluntarily decided to donate 50% of our salary and allowances to the basket treasury.

“We look forward to collaborating with you in achieving our goals in the health sector. But we want to avoid the hitherto uncoordinated, haphazard approach.

“There is a need to set targets in each of the important indices for measurable outcomes and thereafter create a basket of funds from the different donor agencies to support our government's health programme,” he said.


Source: News Express

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