Kano State Allocates N69 Million for Acquisition of HIV/AIDS Test Kits


Kano State has allocated N69 million for the procurement of rapid HIV/AIDS test kits as part of its commitment to combat the spread of the virus. Dr Labaran Yusuf, the Commissioner for Health, made this announcement during a press conference marking the 2023 World AIDS Day in Kano. The funds will be used to distribute test kits to 590 health facilities, addressing shortages and promoting universal access to testing. The goal is to have 95% of the population aware of their HIV status by 2025. Additionally, N5.9 million has been allocated for the procurement of third-line medicines, aiming to enhance care for individuals living with HIV. The Commissioner emphasized collaboration with communities and civil society groups to deliver comprehensive HIV services. Dr Yusuf expressed solidarity with the global community, acknowledging the 38 million people worldwide, including two million in Nigeria, living with HIV. He highlighted the state’s achievements, including reaching the three per cent HIV budget target for the first time and enrolling over 600 people living with HIV under the Basic Health Care Provision Fund with USAID support. The Commissioner urged communities to combat stigma and discrimination while promoting universal access to treatment, care, and support services.


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