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Organisations inspect five PMTCT sites in Nasarawa state

13 September 2013, 21:50

Lafia - Two foreign organisations working for the control and treatment of HIV and AIDS, on Friday inspected five special treatment centres for the Prevention-of-Mother-to-Child-Transmission (PMTCT) in Nasarawa State.

The organisations are the U.S President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight against HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The centres visited are: Dalhatu Arab Specialist Hospital, Tudun Gwandara Primary Health Care Centre (PHC), Shabu PHC, Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Biotec, Keffi.

The team, Dr Julia Martin, said that the visit was to evaluate PMTCT activities and services at the various sites, find out where there was gap and bridge it.

"We are here to visit the primary health care centres in Nasarawa State where PMTCT services are rendered.

"We want to observe the activities ourselves, know where there are challenges and how we can be of help.

"I am impressed with the state government for its financial commitment, however, there is more to be done,’’ she said.

Martin stressed the need for the government to provide good health care to people in the rural areas.

She also stressed the need for the government to train and retrain health workers to enable them to provide good health care services to the people.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in all the centres visited by the team, the recurring complain by health workers was shortage of man power.

The health workers told members of the team that the Institute of Human Virology always supply their clinics with drugs every two months.

Officials at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, told the team they had about 11 000 to 12 000 people living with HIV and AIDS who were receiving treatment from the hospital.

PEPFAR provides financial support for the treatment of HIV and AIDS through the U.S Centre for the Prevention and Control of Diseases, while the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria, is the implementing partner.



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