The Government of Ondo State, Nigeria, yesterday disclosed that over 800,000 residents have been screen for Human Immuno Virus (HIV), even as the government expresses the determination to enforce the law promulgated to curb the spread of the virus.
This disclosure was made by the Secretary to the State Government and Chairman, Ondo State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr. Aderotimi Adelola, while addressing journalists during a condom use and safer sex sensitisation exercise to hotels in Akure, the state capital.
As part of activities commemorating the 2015 World AIDS Day, Adeole said government is working towards ensuring there is zero HIV new infection, discrimination and stigmatization of people living with HIV, mother to child transmission and AIDS related death.
Adeolu stated that the agency had embarked on consistent HIV counselling and testing in all nooks and crannies of the state, expansion of HIV counselling and testing centres from three on assumption of office to about 230 centres spread across the state.
The agency boss also maintained that ODSACA with the support of other stakeholders is implementing strategic action plans in order to promote behavioural change, ensure care and support for people living with the virus.