Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, on Tuesday, reiterated his administration’s dedication within the combat to eradicate HID/AIDS in Abia State.
He promised to drag sources along with the USA of America mission in Nigeria and Nationwide Company for the management of AIDS (NACA) in direction of mounting aggressive advocacy for the eradication of the lethal illness within the state.
Governor Ikpeazu, made the pledge when he obtained in Authorities Home Unuahia a delegation of the US Deputy Chief of Mission, Mrs Kathleen Fitzgibbon and the Director Common, Nationwide Company for the Management of HIV/AIDS (NACA), Dr Aliyu Gambo.
This was disclosed in a launch by Onyebuchi Ememanka, and made obtainable to newsmen in Umuahia, the state capital on Tuesday.
Ikpeazu additionally promised to deploy the identical zeal used to the COVID-19 pandemic and different well being points within the state to battle the illness. headlong.
He assured that Abia should ramp up HIV testing in addition to different healing interventions that might result in eradication of the scourge, and additional acknowledged that the state would mobilize all the required platforms in different to beat the eighteen months deadline given by the group as goal to carry HIV/AIDS beneath management within the state.
The Governor appealed to the US delegation to proceed to help Abia in its quest to win the battle in opposition to the illness, and appreciated the group for returning to the state within the space of well being after some years of inactivity.
Ikpeazu, who additionally used the medium to trace on the intervention of his administration in well being sector within the state which incorporates, the tele-health initiative, geriatric outreach and mom & Youngster hospital and so forth, which might be commissioned quickly amongst different interventions.
The primary citizen of Abia state, additional assured the US delegation that he’ll personally lead the advocacy campaigns to help each the healing and behavioral change elements of the combat.
Talking earlier throughout the go to, the US Deputy Chief of Mission, Mrs Kathleen Fitzgibbon stated that they had been in Nigeria, partnering the Federal and State Governments in pulling sources collectively in direction of decreasing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS within the county because the infective illness is not a dying sentence.
She urged the State Authorities to mount sturdy advocacy geared toward eliminating stigma in opposition to carriers, enhance HIV protection and to encourage folks with HIV/AIDS to willingly come out to entry remedy.
US deputy Chief of Mission, nonetheless thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for the short approval foRa provision of lodging for employees of the Heart for Illness Management, including that it will strengthen synergy and collaboration between the US Mission and the Abia State authorities.
On his half, the Director Common NACA, Dr. Aliyu Gambo, disclosed that Abia has remained one of many strategic companions of the Federal Authorities within the combat in opposition to HIV/AIDS, lauded the state authorities for its consistence within the cost of counterpart funding.
Gambo additional thanked the Governor for sustaining help for this system together with offering workplace area for NACA and warranted that becoming a member of palms with the US Mission and Abia State Authorities , they’d obtain epidemic management within the state.
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