8 November 2012

Nigeria: HIV/Aids Work Plan Will Ensure Zero Infection - Project Manager

Dr Uche Okoro, the Project Manager, FCT Agency for the Control of AIDS (FACA), says the two-year HIV and AIDS effective work plan development will ensure zero new infection in the territory.

Okoro stated this in a paper presentation at a workshop on "Work Plan Development on HIV and AIDS prevention on Thursday in Abuja.

He said that the organisation would collaborate with relevant agencies on HIV and AIDS to achieve this goal.

According to him, the intervention is imperative due to the alarming increase of HIV prevalence in FCT, which is now 8.6 per cent as at 2010, making it fifth in the country.

"The agency is to liaise with other relevant organisations on HIV and AIDS prevention to ensure zero new infection, discrimination, and AIDS related deaths in the state by 2015."

Okoro said that HIV prevalence was still high among the female sex workers, men having sex with men and intravenous drug users.

That, he said, was unacceptable and needed serious intervention by all stakeholders with a well articulated result based work plan.

Mr Adamu Mohammed, the Coordinator on HIV and AIDS Abaji Area Council, said that the technical team in the council would be strengthened in order to coordinate the implementation of HIV activities.

"At least 80 per cent of the residents of Abaji will have knowledge of HIV and access quality HIV and new infection prevention."

Mohammed said that no fewer than 900 pregnant women would access quality HIV testing and counseling in the council by 2014.

He said the Area Council Action Committee on AIDS would mobilise and sensitise the Most at Risk Populations (MARPS) in the council.

Also speaking, Mr Bowa Mohammed, the Officer in charge of Monitoring and Evaluation, Kwali Area Council, said that the council would soon carry out a sensitisation campaign among youths.

"At least 1,000 out of school young people between the ages of 15 and 24 will be sensitised appropriately on HIV and AIDS related behavior change in 2014."

Bawa called for support for basic equipment for the council to enhance effective monitoring and implementation of HIV intervention activities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants at the workshop were drawn from the six area councils, Civil Society Organisations, Network Groups, Social Development and Education Secretariat among others.


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