The Ido-Osi LG is taking steps to combat the disease

The Ido-Osi Local Government Action Committee on AIDS has reported that 292 persons have so far tested positive to HIV in the local government area.

While giving the report in Ido-Ekiti on Friday, the head of the committee, Modupe Ajayi, said the figure represented the sum total of reports made available to her by field officers attached to the committee.

Ajayi said more than 5,620 persons were also counselled and later tested, out of whom 37 pregnant women, 73 males and 146 females tested positive.

She said those who tested positive had already been referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Ido-Ekiti, for confirmation of their status and subsequent treatment.

According to her, officials of  her committee now pay  advocacy visits to institutions such as  Oganganmodu Grammar School, Ido-Ekiti, Corpers?s Secretariat, Ido-Ekiti and  Victory Orphanage, Ifaki-Ekiti.

Taiwo Benson, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Community, Family Health and Rights Development in Ekiti, appealed to government to increase the budget of  the State AIDS control Agency  to enable it effectively combat the pandemic.

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