Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: FCTA Reduces HIV Prevalence Rate in Abuja

Secretary of FCT Health & Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Demola Onakomaiya, Friday said the FCT Administration has reduced the HIV prevalence rate in the territory from 9.9 percent in 2008 to 8.6 percent in 2010.

He disclosed this when the chief executive officer of Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) led a delegation to his office to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two bodies in the area of HIV/ AIDS.

Onakomaiya said the FCT Agency for the Control of AIDS recently conducted a mapping exercise of hot spots considered as risk population with the aim of targeting the HIV intervention scheme to them.

He reaffirmed the administration's determination in ensuring zero level of new HIV cases in the territory, through HIV counseling and testing; prevention of mother to child transmission; promotion of behavioral changes and reduction of stigma and discrimination of people living with the ailment.

Dr. Onakomaiya further added that over 90 health facilities in the territory are providing the prevention of mother to child transmission scheme.

Speaking earlier, IHVN's Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Patrick Dakum, said the purpose of the visit was to formally introduce the US PEPFER Lead as well as its partners to the FCT Administration and the ACTION PLUS- UP project.

According to him, the project is a five-year comprehensive HIV/ AIDS programe, founded by the US president's emergency plan for AIDS relief through the center for disease control and prevention and will be implemented in the FCT and other states of Nigeria

He said the institute and its partners will ensure that all activities to be carried out are aligned with the road map of the FCT HIV/AIDS strategic plan, thereby playing the role of cheer leaders with the government structures.

Dr. Dakum emphasized the need for partnership to achieve success, adding that the Institute for Human Virology' collaborates with Excellence and Friends Management Consult as well as Solina Health in its renewed drive of stepping up the fight against HIV/ AIDS in the territory.

Dakum also advocated for the integration of HIV programes into laudable programes like the SURE - P and the midwives service scheme.

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