Thursday, 12 November 2015

AIDS Foundation set to break Guinness world record on HIV test in Benue

Aids Health Care Foundation (AHF), a Non-Governmental Organization, says it is set to break the Guinness World Record on HIV test by testing 10,000 people within eight hours in Benue.

Mrs Elizabeth Duile, the Prevention Program Manager of the Foundation, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

"It is an ambitious target because we want to place Nigeria on the global map, by testing 10,000 people in 8 hours in a day, " she said.

"This has never been done in Nigeria, and in Africa, other countries have such records but not up to 10,000 clients tested in a day.''

According to her, the initiative is part of the organisation’s campaign aimed at reawakening government and stakeholders' commitments towards ensuring that people have access to testing and counselling services.

The tests will take place from Nov.13 to Nov 14 in Makurdi, Benue's capital.

She explained that there were two types of records the foundation hopes to break, which are the single site test and the multiple site tests.

Duile said that the single sites involves testing in a single location with multiple testing points, while multiple sites has testing points indifferent locations a single location but within the same city.

She said Ethiopia was currently holding the record for most tests done in a single site with 3,378 persons tested in an eight hour period in a day.

Also, the Foundation would be collaborating with other organisations such as The Nigeria Red Cross, Benue State Aids Control Agency, and volunteers among others in achieving its target.

AHF is a global NGO which was set up to provide free HIV care, treatment, prevention and advocacy and is presently working in 36 countries around the world.

Benue State has the highest number of HIV positive individuals in the country, so I think it's a good idea starting from there.

Hopefully, there'll be more of this wide-scale testing nationwide soon.

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