Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
The United States Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan has commended the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for judiciously utilizing grants received from the US government for HIV/AIDS intervention programmes in the Territory.
Sullivan, who was visiting Nigeria, gave the commendation when he inspected the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)’s Centre in the Asokoro General Hospital, last week.
While thanking FCT Administration for the warm hospitality accorded him and his entourage, the Deputy Secretary of State conveyed his satisfaction with the projects so far executed, which include the ARV Clinic and Paediatric Early Infant Diagnosis facilities, among others.
In particular, the US Deputy Secretary of State promised that when he gets back home he will engage with his colleagues in government and the executive in congress to spotlight the problems of HIV/AIDS patients in Nigeria, in order to render more support to them.
It was gathered that the centre was donated by the US government for the purpose of treatment HIV/AIDS, effective management of Maternal, New-born and Child Health as well as prevention of Maternal-to-child Transmission (PMCTC) of the syndrome.
The visiting US envoy was accompanied by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, H.C Stuart Symington; the Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr. Sani H. Aliyu; the Country Director, Centre for Disease Control CDC, and other top officials of the US Embassy in Nigeria.
Also, the Mandate Secretary, for FCTA’s Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) Mrs Amanda Pam received the US Deputy Secretary of State on behalf of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.
Pam on behalf of the FCTA, thanked the US government for their huge investments in the HIV/AIDS Treatment Programme in the FCT in particular and Nigeria in general.
She therefore assured that all interventions and support rendered would always be put into judicious use for the purpose for which they are meant.
Meanwhile, during an interactive session with beneficiaries of the HIV Care and Treatment and PMTCT programme, the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the American government for positively affecting their living conditions.
Furthermore, they noted that the envoys visit gave them a sense of belonging as part of the global community, thereby boosting their morale and immunity.
It could be recalled that PEPFAR programme was initiated by the Administration of former American President, George W. Bush to check the spread of HIV/AIDS scourge in Africa.