At least 300 people including children were tested for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Tuberculosis and Leprosy in Gajin-Duguri area of Alkaleri local government of Bauchi state to commemorate this year’s World AIDS day.
The exercise was championed by the Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis/Leprosy and Malaria (BACATMA) In collaboration with Society for Family Health (SFH) / Key Population Community HIV Service Action and Response (KP CARE) Project.
The village head of Gajin Duguri Mahmuda Sule who was delighted to receive the medical team at his residence appreciated the Bauchi State government and BACATMA for finding their community worthy for the medical outreach.
He also commended BACATMA AND SFH for picking a market day for the outreach so that the people and other neighbouring towns can also benefit.
The Executive Chairman BACATMA Dr Sani Mohammed Dambam said the medical outreach is in line with the activities to commemorate this year’s World AIDS day.
He added that the medical team were deployed to 3 different locations, including primary school Gajin-Duguri, market square and the motor park respectively.
On his part, The Ag Director HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Control Caleb Lumana Sadiq described the outreach as a huge success.
He added that the state indices for HIV/AIDS is very low and they will not relent in their effort to ensure that the state is totally free from HIV/AIDS by the year 2030
He also added that those who were tested positive in the medical outreach were given the proper medications while others have been referred appropriately.
The State Program adviser Society for Family Health KP Care 2 Project Ali Polo commended the turnout as the people of Gajin-Duguduri came out in their numbers to get tested and to know their status.
He added that SFH collaboration with BACATMA was to create the necessary public awareness for them to key into the exercise towards improving their lives.
Some of the beneficiaries, including Aminatu Salman appreciated BACATMA and SFH for the kind gesture and the medication given to her daughter who tested positive for Malaria.