Inadequate fund, budgetary release affecting fight against HIV/AIDS – YOSACA


The Yobe State Agency for the Control of AIDS (YOSACA) has identified inadequate funding and budgetary release as some of the factors affecting the operation of the agency to effectively tackle the scourge of the virus in the state.

The Executive Secretary, YOSACA, Alhaji Dauda Kime, disclosed this at the celebration of ‘World AIDS Day 2021’ on Saturday in Damaturu, the state capital,

He, however, said in spite of the challenges a survey has placed Yobe’s HIV/AIDS prevalence at 0.4 per cent, the second least in the country.

He said the biggest HIV/AIDS population-based survey on the surface of the earth, which was conducted in 2018, has succeeded in sampling 15 local government areas out of the 17 in the state.

“The survey, which is called Nigerian HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey, has given the state a prevalence of 0.4 per cent, which is the second lease in the federation while the National and Zonal prevalence is 1.4 per cent and 1.1 per cent respectively”, Dauda said.

He noted that the development was connected with a community-based test before marriage policy and recently approved national policy of self-testing of HIV among others.

He said the theme of this year’s World AIDS Day, ‘End Inequality: End AIDS, End the Pandemic’ was key to the agency’s target of ending the mother to child transmission of the disease.

While commending the Yobe State Government for its support, the Executive Secretary appealed for the government to address the challenges facing the agency.

He also appreciated the World Health Organisation, (WHO); Saving One Million Lives; State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA) for their continued support.

Dr Lawan Gana, the state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, in his remarks commended persons living with HIV/AIDS in the state for their resilience, hard work, cooperation and support to the government in controlling the disease across the state.

Gana assured the agency of the government’s continued support.

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