Abuja – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has transferred a refurbished medical warehouse in Minna to the Niger State Government.
According to the agency, the development is inline symbol of passing responsibility and ownership of HIV/AIDS services to the local level.
The Acting Mission Director USAID Nigeria, Julie Koenen, said the organisation would continue to support a centrally coordinated logistic management system in the country.
She added that USAID provides treatment to 14 000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Niger and supports 88 primary health care centers providing services that prevent mother-to-child transmission.
USAID has also supported five civil society organizations and 15 social support groups of people living with HIV/AIDS.
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“These organizations provide community-based HIV/AIDS services and care and support for orphans and vulnerable children,” said Koenen.
In 2009, USAID signed a five-year agreement with Niger State to build a standard and modern warehouse to house medicines for the prevention and treatment of infections in HIV positive patients.
As part of the agreement, USAID refurbished and furnished the warehouse, streamlined the health commodities management systems, and installed a computerized logistics management system.
The agency also supported the state in the management of its drug revolving fund and other consumables.
In the future, care for 78 000 HIV positive citizens of Niger State will be the responsibility of the state government.
- CAJ News