Husbands to depend on wives for children’s HIV status
A new study has indicated that men from the western part of the country will soon have to depend on their wives for their ward’s HIV status.
According to the multiple indicator cluster survey report, which was released by the National Bureau of Statistics in conjunction with UNICEF, the report indicated that many husbands are not aware that there is a probability that their wives can transmit the HIV virus to the baby either during pregnancy or during delivery.
The report indicated that 67.5 per cent of women in the South West have knowledge that there is a possibility of a mother passing the virus to her baby during pregnancy, while only 52.8 per cent of men in the South West have this knowledge.
It went to further to state that 66.5 per cent of women have the knowledge that it is possible for a mother to transmit the virus to the child during delivery, while only 58.2 per cent of men in that region have this knowledge.
The report went further to state that men in the eastern part of the country do not fare any better than their South Western counterparts as 65.5 per cent of women in the South East have knowledge of mother to child HIV transmission during pregnancy and 62.4 per cent of them understands that transmission is possible during delivery while only 54.7 per cent of men have the knowledge that the mother can transmits the virus to the baby during pregnancy and 56.2 per cent have the knowledge that transmission is possible during delivery.
However, men from the North East and the North Central have more awareness concerning the transmission of the virus from the mother to the child during pregnancy and during delivery.
The report indicated that 62.1 per cent of men in the North East have the knowledge that there is a possibility of a transmission of the virus from the mother to the baby during pregnancy and 67.7 per cent of them also believe that transmission is also possible during delivery.
The report also disclosed that in some zones, women stigmatize against people with HIV more than men as only 78.1 per cent of women in the North East are willing to take care of an HIV person in their home and only 53.9 per cent of women are willing to buy groceries from people living with HIV, while 91.3 per cent of men in that same region (North East) will take care of persons living with the virus and 71.1 per cent will buy groceries from vendors that have the virus.
The report also disclosed that 84.9 per cent of men in the South East can accommodate and take care of a person living with HIV in their homes and 55.2 per cent of them won’t bother buying groceries from person who have the virus, while only 70.3 per cent of women in the South East can take care of a person living with the virus in their homes and only 40.1 per cent will buy groceries from a vendor affected with the virus.
The Eagle Online reports that Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey is done by countries to ascertain the situation of women and children and it also allows countries to generate data that will be used in policy formulation.