Ogun assembly commends SACA on reduction of HIV/AIDS

The Ogun State House of Assembly’s Committee on Health has lauded the State Agency for the Control of AIDS and HIV (SACA) for reducing the prevalence rate of the disease from 12.6 per cent to 0.6 per cent in the state.

The Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Akinpelu Aina, gave the commendation when the committee members paid a courtesy visit to the head office of SACA in Abeokuta, in continuation of the 2016 budget appraisal.

He lauded the achievements recorded by SACA in the face of financial downturn.

Honourable Aina also implored the management of the agency to solicit the support of philanthropists, captains of industries and other well-meaning Nigerians in the fight against the spread of the disease.

The committee said that as part of the efforts to achieve the success of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration to rebuild the state, government would continue to provide and support healthcare services as entrenched in the five cardinal programmes of the state government.

Speaking earlier, the Director of SACA, Dr Fatungase said the state had been providing free comprehensive anti-retroviral drugs and therapy to the people living with AIDS, adding that health services, HIV counselling and prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT) services in all 20 local government areas had also been carried out.