Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
Less than one week after its kick-off, the Chima Anyaso Free Medical Service has detected six cases of Human Immune-Deficiency Virus (HIV) in Bende Federal Constituency in Abia State.
The Coordinator of the service in the constituency, Hon Sam Ogbujie stated this in an interview with our correspondent in Bende, the headquarters of Bende Local Government Area.
Expressing worry over this, he revealed that one of the carriers, who are mostly youths and unaware of their HIV-status is married to two wives with three children.
“It is most probable and unfortunate too, that in their ignorance they might have transmitted the virus to other people through unprotected sex,” he lammented.
He said they had been given free anti-retroviral drugs for three months after which they would begin to obtain free supplies from the Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Aba.
The coordinator appealed to the sick in the constituency to turn up for the service on scheduled dates and designated centres in their respective wards.
Explaning that the foundation is a brain-child of a philanthropist from the state, Dr. Chima Anyaso, he added that the service would be a regular programme.