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Rivers to ensure expansion of ARVs scheme

04 December 2015, 09:33Augustine Osayande

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 state.

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 free healthcare.

Banigo urged all pregnant women in the State to avail themselves of counseling, testing and retroviral treatment in the public health facilities.

“There is no reason why we should not  achieve 100 percent counseling and testing of our pregnant women."

- CAJ News


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