3 February 2016

Nigeria: 1000 People Receive Free HIV/Aids Screening in Kwara

Ilorin — No fewer than 1000 beneficiaries received free medical tests, counselling and drugs on different ailments including hypertension, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and malaria in the medical outreach organised in the state.

The programme was organised by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) in collaboration with Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and Hon. Funke Adedoyin, representing Kwara's Ekiti, Irepodun, Isin and Oke-Ero Federal Constituencies.

NACA Director General, Prof. John Idoko, said the medical outreach initiative was targeted at scaling up HIV counselling and testing to achieve lower HIV/AIDS prevalence rate nationwide.

He said this during the flag-off of a 4-day NACA-Millenium Development Goals (MDG) free medical outreach in Omu-Aran, scheduled to cover the four local government areas of the constituency.

Idoko said the objective of the outreach was to achieve zero tolerance to new HIV/AIDS infection through adequate testing and counselling, alongside other health-related prevention activities nationwide.

The NACA boss who was represented by Dr Daniel Egbule, the agency's Principal Programme Officer, said the outreach was also to ensure that the MDGs target for the country was adequately achieved.

He pledged the agency's commitment to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) initiative of the World Health Organisation due to kick off this year so it could achieve maximum positive impact on Nigerians.

In her remarks, Adedoyin said the need to avail the people of the constituency the opportunity to know their health status and maintain a clean bill of health informed her collaboration.

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