Rakiya A. Muhammad
An assessment of the mother -to -child HIV transmission by researchers at the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research shows an intervention programme saved more than 2 000 babies saved from being born HIV positive.
The institute screened 143,000 pregnant women for HIV at the facility. Out of the figure, it enrolled 7,076 HIV positive pregnant women on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programme.
A total of 6411 returned for assessment, Deputy Director Research, NIMR Professor Oliver Ezechi disclosed. He said 33 babies were HIV positive, meaning the mother- to- child transmission rate is less than 1 percent.
“The theory is that if we did nothing to intervene, out of every 100 HIV positive pregnant women, about 25-30 percent of their babies would have been born positive.”
Ezechi added: “What this means is that we have saved more than 2,000 babies that would have been positive.”