The Ogun state Commissioner for health, Babatunde Ipaye,has made a shocking revelation that about 100,000 resident of the state are living with HIV.
According to him, “The number of people living with HIV in Ogun is about 100,000,but its has drastically reduced and HIV has declined from 3.5 per cent to 0.6 per cent as contained in the current statistics by the Federal Ministry of Health.”
Ipaye also revealed that, sexually active youths older than 15 years are the ones affected.
While calling on the public to stop the stigmatisation of people living with HIV, he also said the state government will not stop providing treatment for the victims.
Speaking about the Lassa Fever disease outbreak, Ipaye said“As at today, no single case of Lassa fever has been reported in Ogun State. But around us, border states, which include Lagos and Ondo states, we have records of Lassa fever cases.”
Adding that “A case of one patient was discovered in Ijaiye-Ojokoro in Lagos State, a border community to Ogun State. The man was said to have come from Kano, but as at now he has been taken to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH)where he is receiving treatment. We also have a record of similar discovery in Ondo State, which is our neighbour.”
The commissioner said the government has also placed all medical facilities on alert, while calling on residents to get rid of rats in their environment.