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HIV prevalence in FCT now 1.6% - Ag. Secretary for Health

16th Dec, 2019 | By Prudence Okonna | ||

Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Alhaji Musa Abdulrahim, has said the HIV prevalence in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is now 1.6% based on 2018 record. It is down from 6.8% in 2010.

Speaking at an outreach in Lugbe district, which was organized by the Department of Public Health of HHSS in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2019, the Secretary added that, although in the last six years new HIV infections were reduced by 56 % and annual AID- related death by 22%, ''today we have an estimated 1.9 million living with HIV in Nigeria.''

He added that there has to be response to the next level to address the challenges related to health system infrastructure, amend needs of commodities, and other matters. Harping on the theme for the year 'Community makes the Difference', the Director, Department of Public Health, Dr Okechukwu Josephine, in her opening remarks, said a community-centered approach is required to tackle the HIV epidemic which has devastating effects and mortality on families, communities and the nation at large.

She added that the community approach requires health service providers to meet community members with their service rather than wait for members to visit the health facility. The Director also encouraged community members to get tested and not stigmatize those living with HIV/AIDS; rather, they should be cared for, fed, sheltered and given all necessities to live well.

Also present at the occasion were development partners like FHI360, Institute of Human Virology of Nigeria, Achieving Health Initiative and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The World AIDS Day is annually celebrated 1 December globally since 1988. It is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and to mourn those who died from the disease.

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The Minister said this during the presentation of FCT 2020 statutory budget to the joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the FCT.

To ensure strict compliance with the Abuja Master Plan and permanently tackle traffic situation within Gwarinpa the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it would remove no fewer than 850 makeshift shops/houses (popularly called 'batchers') and shanties along the N16 road.

Speaking to journalists last week during commencement of sitting of a mobile court at the head office of Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly called Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), in Mabushi, Abuja, authorities of the organization defended the establishment of the court saying it was set up by FCTA to decide the fate of traffic offenders.

Ahead of the planned revocation of plots of land situated in serviced areas of Federal Capital City (FCC), the FCT Administration (FCTA) has inaugurated a task team to holistically verify all identified undeveloped plots of land where infrastructure has already been provided.

Malam Bello made the pledge when he received a delegation of the FCT Sharia Court of Appeal led by the Grand Khadi, Justice Ibrahim Rufa'i Imam who was on a courtesy visit to FCTA.

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, made the clarion call and promised to reward such corps members who distinguish themselves during the one-year mandatory service..


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