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GEDE Foundation collaborates with HHSS

Dec, 2021 | By Samuel Musa and Nonso Chukwurah | ||

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) has expressed excitement and commendation to Gede Foundation in its resolve in tackling mental health issues associated with Human Immune Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and more recently, the Covid-19 in the FCT.

Director, Primary Healthcare Board of HHSS, Dr. Saddiq Abdurahman who received the delegation recently described the efforts of the Gede Foundation as "timely", as mental health is a global issue highly prevalent in Nigeria, calling for more work especially in the area of research. He also looked forward to a possible partnership between the Health and Human Services Secretariat and the Gede Foundation especially in the area of mental health for appropriate policy formulation.

Dr. Evans Onyekele the team leader of the Gede Foundation introduced the mission of the foundation and members present, stating that Gede Foundation is an NGO poised to tackle mental health issues in the FCT.

Speaking at the event, the Coordinator of Program/Activities (Gede Foundation) Godwin Etim appreciated the management of the HHSS for the warm reception, presenting Gede Foundation as an NGO which has been in existence since 2002 and is focused on giving medication and treatment services to HIV patients in Abuja and environs with the support of National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) and agencies both national and international.

He added that the decline in adherence to treatment according the Foundation's study of 1187 respondents on the link between HIV and mental health exposed that 28.8% of HIV/AIDS patients suffer severe depression in their lifetime. Mr. Etim also stated that the Foundation had trained 150 Primary Healthcare workers in Nassarawa and Plateau states and mobilized support groups to replicate its efforts in the FCT.

Speaking during the visit, the Deputy Director E-Health Department, Dr. Ini Ekkong highlighted the Covid-19 call centre need to separate toll free lines for psycho-social counselors, training of health workers and provision of call credit and data as some of the key areas for partnership with the Gede Foundation


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