Abuja - The Rivers State Government has
ordered the creation of more centres for anti-retroviral drugs aimed at cushioning
patients with HIV/AIDs.
The Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies in the
state have to create the facilities in all the 23 local government areas in the
Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo gave the
directive at the presentation of State Resource Mobilization Strategy and
Partners Transition Plan in her office at Government House, Port Harcourt.
She directed the Ministry of Health and other relevant
agencies to liaise with the Caretaker
Committee Chairmen to provide venue and logistics within one month.
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Banigo expressed surprise that five local government
areas in the state did not have sites for persons living with HIV/AIDs to
receive the drugs.
“The State Government led by Governor Nyesom Wike is
desirous to ensure that those affected have easy access to drugs and live a
normal life,” Banigo said.
She noted that the government policy on health gave
children of 0-5 years and all pregnant women opportunity to access
Banigo urged all pregnant women in the State to avail
themselves of counseling, testing and retroviral treatment in the public health
“There is no reason why we should not achieve 100 percent counseling and testing of
our pregnant women."
- CAJ News