About 109,667 persons tested positive to the recent Acquired Immune Deficien-cy Syndrome (AIDS)/ Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) screening Lagos State Government conducted across all local councils in the state.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, disclosed this at the ongoing annual ministerial briefing to mark the third anniversary of the administration of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) held at the State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
Speaking at the briefing, Idris said out of those who tested positive, the state government through its Ministry of Health had so far offered free antiretroviral treatment to only 3,822 including 361 pregnant women.
He said: The state government has been disturbed by the rate. It has placed the state government in an uncomfortable position of relating with private sector partnership towards securing the imported drugs for the unfortunate victims. Since the state government does not manufacture the drugs here, we rely heavily on the private sector for the procurement of the antiretroviral drugs.
He disclosed that 237 of the 6,384 women screened for breast cancer were referred for further management of palpable breast lumps, adding that the affected reported their cases very late as they were discovered to be at the last stages of the disease.
He added that the ministry held cervical cancer awareness and screening programme at Kosofe and Mushin Local Governments in November and December 2009 respectively where 45 (2.3 per cent) of the 1,963 women screened managed with cryotherapy and two (0.
He said 29 of the 942 men screened for prostate cancer in Epe, Surulere and Somolu were referred for prostate biopsies.
On hypertension and diabetes, the commissioner said the state government screened 82,245 between August 24 and 28, 2009, out of which 10,299 (12.9 per cent) were referred, while 9,679 (12 per cent) of the 80,355 screened in February were referred for further treatment.
Idris explained that 8,976 made up of the civil servants of the state and their immediate families were treated of malaria (42.5 per cent), hypertension (10 per cent) and upper respiratory tract infection (nine per cent).
He also said that 20,396 patients benefitted from free eye screening services at 157 designated areas across the state in the year under review, adding that 60 of the 304 patients screened in the free deformity corrective exercise were operated upon, while 34 were fitted with prostheses and 160 assisted with mobility AIDS (crutches, callipers, wheelchairs, walking chairs, knee support.)
According to him, 113 (59 per cent) of the 193 patients for the free cleft lip and palate reconstructive surgery programme were successfully operated in the last one year.