The Director-General of the Taraba AIDS Control Agency (TACA), Abba Sale Ibrahim, says a recently released statistics has shown that the state currently ranks second in the prevalence of HIV/AIDS infection in the country.
Dr Ibrahim said this at a joint press conference in Jalingo, marking the World AIDS Day, where he noted that the agency focused attention on the urban areas for free HIV and AIDS testing and counselling.
He said it was imperative to reach out to the remote areas where the level of awareness was very low and most people had no access to medical centers for test.
“The aim is to ensure that we do not only sensitize the people on preventive measures but we also provide free counselling and testing so that they will know their status and take the appropriate measures”, Ibrahim said.
Rivers State leads the HIV/AIDS prevalence in Nigeria with an infection rate of 15.2%, ahead of Taraba on 10.5%, according to statistics of the National Action Committee on Aids (NACA).
Kaduna State is third on 9.2%, with Nasarawa (8.1%) and Federal Capital Territory , Abuja (7.5%) completing the top five.