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North-Central zonal performance on AIDS/STI control above average – NGO

27th Jan, 2020 | By Prudence Okonna | ||

A non-profit organization based in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative (AHNI), has rated the performance of Acquired Immune-deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) control programmes in North-Central zone states in the past six months at 67.7 per cent.

Rating the performance of the states on the sidelines of the zonal quarterly review meeting held in Abuja last week, the northern Team Lead, AHNI, Daramola Olukunle said the 67.7 per cent is a 'B' and needs to be improved on, adding that the challenges faced by every state in the zone are peculiar. He said: "States have peculiar issues, one of which is support from the government.

It shows there are bottlenecks, because for government to have released certain monies yet these are not being disbursed for use… I think one of the major challenges we have is political will at the executive level to actually support the various units at the Ministries of health, especially carrying along the HIV/AIDS division." Speaking on the objectives of the review meeting, Mr. Olukunle said they are to check the performances of each state in the past quarter, identify issues and see how the ideas generated from the states can benefit the others.

He added that the meeting also seeks to look at the existing target and re-strategize to be able to meet the new set targets as well as share experiences so others can learn. North Central state AIDS and STI Control Programme teams from the individual Ministry of health in attendance at the meeting were Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Kwara, Niger and FCT.

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