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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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According to the Minister, Sir Ohaa never shied away from difficult situations, a trait which he added he (Minister) found very useful in the running of the affairs of FCTA, adding that the job of Permanent Secretary of the nation's capital's bureaucracy was not an easy one.

Director of Public Health, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Dr. Josephine Okechukwu, has counseled residents of the Territory to distance themselves from persons who fail to put on face masks.

Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubarka Adamu, received three operational vehicles donated by Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited to the Nigeria Police Force in support of ongoing efforts at repositioning the Force for optimal performance.

Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has commended Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for its efforts in development of basic education in the Territory.


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