By Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
The Executive Secretary of the Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria [BACATMA] Dr. Mansur Mustapha Dada, has disclosed that over 16,000 HIV positive patients have been found in the state from 2015 to December 2017 and were provided treatment by the agency.
Speaking during an advocacy visit to NUJ, Bauchi Secretariat, Dr. Dada said his agency has supplied opportunistic infection drugs, condoms, safeguard equipments and other medical consumable to 23 comprehensive sites, 196 HIV community Treatment (HCT) sites and Prevention from Mother to Child Treatment sites.
Enumerating some of the achievement so far recorded in 2017, Dr. Mansur Dada said that his agency under its Malaria Response, it has distributed 10 million Anti malarial drugs to 532 health facilities across the state and 500,000 Long Lasting Treated Mosquito nets to women within the reproductive age group and children under the age of five.
“The agency has expanded the installation of State of the Art equipments for quick diagnosis of Tuberculosis Gene-X-pert Machine from three to twelve machines in 10 local governments, he explained.
Also among the achievements, according the BACATMA Boss, the agency established a Drug Resistant TB treatment centre at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi with additional follow-up centres.
According to him, BACATMA, planned a house to house distribution of 4 million long lasting mosquito treated nets, expansion of HIV prevention of mother to child treatment sites from 170 to 407 with delivery of quality services, intensification of TB case notification and expansion of Gene-X-PERT machines to all the 20 LGAs of the state, amongst others.