The Director-General of the Taraba AIDS Control Agency (TACA), Abba Sale Ibrahim, says recently released statistics have shown that the state currently ranks second in the prevalence of HIV/AIDS infection in the country.
Speaking at a joint press conference in Jalingo, marking the World AIDS Day, he said the agency focused attention on the urban areas for free HIV and AIDS testing and counseling.
He said it was imperative to reach out to the remote areas where the level of awareness was very low and most people had no access to medical centers for test.
He said his organization will soon focus its attention in rural areas with a view to render its services to rural communities.
“The aim is to ensure that we do not only sensitize the people on preventive measures but we also provide free counselling and testing so that they will know their status and take the appropriate measures”, Ibrahim said.