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
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 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.