NWR: HIV Prevalence More In Females Than In Males.
By Raymond Dingana.
The North West Regional Delegate of Public Health says, HIV prevalence is more rampant in females than in males. Dr Kingsley Che Soh was speaking at the conference room of the NW Regional Fund For Health Promotion, Friday August 23, 2019 during the launching ceremony of the 17th edition of Holidays Free Of HIV/AIDS with the theme, “Android Generation, Click On HIV Testing”.
On the situation of HIV and AIDS in the North West Region of Cameroon, Dr. Kingsley Che Soh says: “The 2019 Health and Demographic Survey reveals a further drop in HIV prevalence to 4%,[5.8% in females and 1.6% in males]from the 6.3% in 2011 in the age group 15-49years.It is estimated that in 2019,64,201 persons are living with HIV in the North West Region. Our target for treatment of HIV by December 2019 is 38,067.So far by June 2019, we have placed 33,391 persons on antiretroviral therapy down from 36,249 persons on treatment in June 2018.In June 2019,2353 persons living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy failed to pick up their treatment. This can be explained by the displacements of persons”.
In January to June 2019, Dr Kingsley Che Soh Says 176,917 persons were screened for HIV in 19 health districts,2,509 persons tested positive with a percentage of 1.4% and is above 2% in Ndu, Santa, Nwa and Bafut health districts: “Out of the 2,509 persons tested positive for HIV,2114[81%] were placed on treatment,6%short of the target considering the fact that at least 90% of persons tested positive are supposed to be on anti retroviral drugs by 2020. HIV testing is free of charge or at a token of 500FRS, we must make good use of all HIV prevention, testing, and treatment services”. He ended.
Dr Tayong Gladys is the Regional Coordinator of the North West Regional Technical Group For The Fight Against HIV/AIDS. She says, Cameroon and the world really want to eradicate HIV by 2030:“Eradication does not mean that, we will get rid of people living with HIV, we want to stop new infections, while keeping all those who are infected alive. We don’t want any person living with HIV to die that is why we are encouraging all those living with HIV to take the life saving antiretroviral therapy”.
Representing the NW governor at the event, the Secretary General, Mr.Lanyuy Harry Ngwani blamed the youth’s failure to abstain from pre-marital sex, having multiple and concurrent sexual partners, inter generational sex, inability to negotiate for safe sex for exacerbating their risk of being infected with the HIV virus. He also said, disengagement from school, poverty, social unrest, unemployment and underemployment increase the risk of youths especially females.
117 Youth Peer Educators were trained in Bamenda and given essential key messages on HIV/ AIDS to disseminate to their communities through interpersonal and mass communication all in a bit to combat HIV/AIDS.
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