Nasarawa - The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy on financing health Millenium Development Goals and malaria, Alan Court, has commended the government’s effort in reducing HIV/AIDS in Nassarawa State.
He gave the commendation during courtesy visit on the State Minister of Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan, in his office in Abuja.
Court said that he was on the visit to assess how Nigeria had made progress in the area of maternal and infant mortality and receive update on expansion of vaccination programmes and other intervention activities.
He said that he was negotiating and exploring the possibility of getting additional funds from World Bank to facilitate the purchase of life saving commodities and added that more funds would be made available to Nigeria from Global Fund through United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund.
He called on the Federal Government to ensure that it played its own part of the counterpart funding is released as at when due as this often serves as a trigger to other development partners to do the same.
The Minister of State, Health, thanked the UN envoy for his effort in procuring the funding of health activities in Nigeria and following through to see that the country remained healthy.
Alhassan also urged all stake holders to harmonise actions and synergise with each other so that the MDG goals could be achieved.
Nasarawa has a prevalence of 7.5 percent, which is higher than the average national prevalence of 4.1 percent.
– CAJ News
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