Gombe — Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State has said that the prevalence rate of HIV and AIDS in the state declined from 6.8 per cent in 2003 to 4.2 per cent in 2010.
Dankwambo, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Tha'anda Rubainu, made this known on Saturday at the World AIDS Day celebration in Gombe.
According to him, there has been a progressive increase in adult HIV and AIDS prevalence in the state from 4.7 per cent in 1999 to 8.2 per cent in 2001, but the situation changed to the better thereafter.
He said that democracy contributed to the progressive decline in the number of people living with HIV and AIDS.
The governor said his administration would give priority to wealth creation, economic empowerment for the youth, the disabled and caring for orphans and vulnerable women and children as well as those affected by the disease.
He said the establishment of Gombe State Action Committee on HIV and AIDS (GOMSACA) and other line ministries was informed by government's determination to combat the epidemic. NAN