Lagos State government has said that a total of 9,660 patients tested positive out of the 102,279 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) test carried out in 2012.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris who made the revelation in Lagos said 36, 269 patients were treated in 24 anti-retroviral treatment sites adding that the state procured and distributed a total of 520,000 male and female condoms in 2012.
The commissioner said the State Health Service Commission will investigate allegation of increment in the cost of having babies in government hospitals as well as scarcity of drugs in some.
On alleged commercialisation of motorpark at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, the commissioner the parking fee of N300 charged per park is to enable the authorities to be able to provide certain services in the park. He said it is not sin to charge for parking since that is the norm in all hospitals abroad.
On the last strike embarked upon by resident doctors, the commissioner explained that the state government has not penalised any doctor for embarking on strike adding that both those sacked initially and those recruited to enable the state provide hitch-free services during the strikes are all working with the state government.
He said that the state government is working to improve of its relationship with medical personnel. Idris said that the fact that it has trained health workers on post-abortion management but that the state government has not legalised abortion, stressing however that abortion remains the major cause of high maternal death.