The Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) said that it has placed no fewer than 28,000 people living with HIV and AIDS on treatment this year. Dr Patrick Dakum, Chief Executive Officer of IHVN, said that the institute also conducted HIV tests for more than 200,000 pregnant women. “Out of the tested pregnant women, about 9,000 were found to be HIV-positive. We placed them on treatment to prevent the transmission of the virus to their unborn babies. This means that we have at least attempted to save a minimum of 9,000 babies from having HIV in 2013,” he said.
Dakum also said that the institute provided training for health workers on how to care for people living with HIV and AIDS. He however disclosed that the major challenge facing the institute is the inadequate infrastructures in primary health centres, and stressed the need for the government to provide quality health care delivery for the citizens.