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US Moves To Support 45,000 HIV Patients In Oyo, Ondo With ART Treatment

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The USA Authorities has introduced that it will likely be putting one other batch of 45,000 Folks Residing with HIV in Oyo and Ondo states on life-saving antiretroviral therapy as a part of efforts to maneuver Nigeria in direction of HIV epidemic management.  

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The US authorities famous that the HIV therapy wouldn’t solely scale back HIV-related sicknesses and loss of life but in addition assist to stop new infections.



In line with a launch on Friday, this can be achieved by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Reduction, which is run by the US Centre for Illness Management.

The CDC is offering HIV therapy to greater than 23,000 HIV residents in Oyo State and over 12,000 in Ondo State.  

The US Consul Normal, Claire Pierangelo, disclosed this through the launch of the HIV Antiretroviral Remedy Surge programmes within the two states which held on Wednesday and Thursday.

“The PEPFAR Antiretroviral Remedy (ART) Surge programme identifies folks dwelling with HIV and locations them on therapy for all times. HIV therapy not solely reduces HIV-related sicknesses and loss of life but in addition helps forestall new infections,” Consul Normal Pierangelo remarked.   

Talking throughout a courtesy and advocacy go to to the Ondo State Authorities Home, Consul Normal Pierangelo thanked Deputy Governor Fortunate Aiyedatiwa and senior members of the administration for his or her dedication to work with all stakeholders, because the state implements the PEPFAR ART Surge.   

She urged the Ondo State Authorities to take away all obstacles hindering folks dwelling with HIV from accessing free providers provided by the US authorities by the PEPFAR programme. Particularly, she highlighted the damaging impact of user-fees as a significant barrier to PLHIV accessing therapy and urged the elimination of such charges.

As well as, she advocated the removing of antenatal care expenses for pregnant ladies dwelling with the virus.   

In Oyo State, Consul Normal Pierangelo met with the Secretary to the State Authorities, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, who represented Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde.

They mentioned the US authorities’s PEPFAR help in Nigeria’s coverage improvement, human capability constructing, and strengthening well being methods, together with the availability of state-of-the-art laboratories and pharmaceutical warehouses.  

Whereas in Ibadan, the Consul Normal additionally visited the College School Hospital the place she toured the US CDC-supported ART clinic, in addition to interacted with programme beneficiaries and administration employees of the ability.  

Consul Normal Pierangelo requested Oyo and Ondo state governments to prioritise the procurement of extra HIV take a look at kits to help the present PEPFAR efforts.

The extra take a look at kits are vital for figuring out PLHIV in varied communities, and the speedy and sustained effort to place them on life-saving drugs. This effort will be sure that they reside regular, productive, and wholesome lives, and break virus transmission.  

In 2020, regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, greater than 8.2 million folks obtained PEPFAR­-supported HIV counselling and testing providers in Nigeria.

In every week of 2020, the US authorities, by PEPFAR helped place 6,000 newly recognized HIV-infected Nigerians on therapy, whereas additionally supporting high quality HIV providers for over 1 million HIV-infected Nigerians already in PEPFAR-supported care.   

Moreover, greater than 1.2 million pregnant ladies obtained HIV testing and counselling to stop mother-to-child transmission, and about 1.3 million orphans and susceptible youngsters obtained PEPFAR-supported care and supportive providers. 

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