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Published On: Wed, Feb 12th, 2020

FCTA vows to halt HIV/AIDS prevalence in Abuja

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By Stanley Onyekwere

Despite attaining a significant shift from high prevalence to low prevalence status, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has declared readiness to bring HIV/AIDS to a halt in the Territory.
This assertion was made by the Acting Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Alh. Musa Abdulraheem.
Musa, who is overseeing the affairs of the Health Secretariat however expressed joy over FCT’s attainment of a giant stride in it’s effort to the control HIV/AIDs through effective collaboration with Institute of Human Virology of Nigeria (IHVN)
He spoke during a stakeholders meeting held at the Health Secretariat recently.
According to him, to further control the HIV virus, the FCTA is willing to form a consortium with other partners which hopefully will be launch soon in the FCT.
Earlier, the Regional Manager of IHVN-FCT Regional office,
Dr. Fadimatu Mishara, who spoke on behalf of IHVN team, disclosed that thirty thousand four hundred and thirty (30,430) persons with HIV/AIDs have been successfully placed on Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) in the FCT through PEPFAR on going programme.
Dr. Fadimatu added that the surge target for FCT in year 2020 is to get fifteen thousand, nine hundred and eight (15,908) persons in the Net New Count Down to place on Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART), so as to curb AIDs in the FCT.
In a related development, the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria, has called on the FCT Administration to look into challenge of enhancing the man power of hospital pharmacists in FCT hospitals, so as to meet up the demand of the FCT population.
Members of the Association, led by the team leader, Pharmacist Tijani Mufutau made this point during a courtesy visit to the Ag. Secretary of HHSS, expressed their readiness to use their profession to enhance provision of effective health services to FCT residents.
They also appealed to the Administration to implement the already earlier FCT ministerial approval for the Abuja Central Medical Stores (ACMS) autonomy for effective and optimal performance to the administration, as well as allowing drugs revolving fund (DRF) system to operate in line with provisions of the National guideline of drugs distribution and all its essentials components.
According to the Association, training and retraining of pharmacists will not be left out to meet up with the modern practices with logistic support to pharmacists from the Administration.
Responing, the Acting Secretary Alhj. Musa Abdulraheem thanks Pharmacists Association for the visit and assured them that the administration will re-visit the memo that grand the approval of ACMS autonomy, for the administration deal with the matter for effective implementation.
Our correspondent reports that the Association is a technical arm of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) consists of pharmacists under the employment of FCTA that are saddled with the responsibily of core clinical function, adminstrative, drugs logistics and supply chain management in the FCT.

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