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Published On: Tue, Oct 24th, 2017

FCTA seeks help on elimination of mother to child HIV/AIDS

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Stories by Stanley Onyekwere

The FCT Administration is seeking support for its Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Sexually Transmitted Infections Control Programme (FASCP) on elimination of mother to child tr

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello

ansmission of HIV/AIDS in the Territory.
In particular, the administration enjoined stakeholders especially the media for increased advocacy in the eliminating the scourge.
This appeal was made by the Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Amanda Pam during a one day sensitization exercise.
Pam, who spoke through Ag. Director, Public Health Department, Dr. Humphrey Okoroukwu, stressed need to help the government raise awareness on elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
According to her, the FCT has keyed into the national plan of eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV by 2020.
“It is in view of this that efforts are ongoing by the FCT Administration to provide prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services to all pregnant women, these include testing all pregnant women for HIV and all HIV positive women are placed on anti retroviral treatment free of charge.
“It is important to raise public awareness on PMTCT, as it benefits women children and the society at large with PMTCT, HIV positive women receive care and treatment for their own health and the chance of transmission to their babies are significantly reduced to between 0-2%.
“FASCP is seeking the support of the media to help in raising public awareness so that all pregnant women will attend antenatal clinics and demand for PMTCT services,” she explained.
She however observed this is necessary as services were available for free but uptake is suboptimal as some women do not attend antenatal clinics during pregnancy and some deliver at home with poor outcomes occasionally.
Some of the activities conducted by the FASCP with support from UNICEF to improve PMTCT coverage include community dialogues, use of community volunteers to ensure active community involvement in the program capacity building for health care workers and coordination of PMTCT services.

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