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Published On: Thu, Dec 21st, 2017

HIV: Secretariat distributes N2.5b worth of rapid test kits in 2017

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Secretary for FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Barr.Amanda Pam has revealed the distribution of multi-billion Naira worth of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) rapid test kits to healthcare facilities in FCT rural areas, this year.
In particular, Pam revealed that the administration spent a total of N2,595,220,646.00 on the intervention, to ensure the control of HIV in the FCT.
The Secretary who spoke yesterday during an end of year media parley, stated that HHSS has also successfully integrated HIV Testing Services into this year’s rounds of the Maternal Neo- Maternal Child Health(MNCH), weeks , resulting to hitting the target of reaching at least 69 percent Healthcare Technical Services (HTS), coverage among Women of Child Bearing Age.
She also disclosed that the secretariat has also funded Tuberculosis, Family Planning, and Vaccine programmes with N15,350,845.80, N20,787,436.80 and N3,793,645,800.00, respectively.
“The secretariat distributed these commodities, HIV rapid test kits to health facilities across the six Area Councils of the FCT, successfully integrated HIV Testing Services into the May and December 2017 rounds of the MNCH weeks in the FCT, with 69 percent HTS coverage achieved among Women of Child Bearing Age.
“FCT logistics Management Coordinating Unit ( LMCU) successfully supported the last mile distribution ( LMD) of commodities worth N2,595,220,646.00, N15,350,842.80, N20,787,436.80, and N3,793,645,800.00 for HIV, TB, Family Planning and Vaccine programmes respectively”, she explained.
Furthermore, the Secretary revealed the distribution of 45,255 Rapid Diagnostics Test Kits for Malaria to various Health facilities across the 6 Area councils of the FCT.
She added that the Secretariat distributed 55,000long lasting insecticide treated nets to children under 5 years old in various households across 31 wards within the 6 Area Councils of the FCT.
She adds: “We distributed 80,400 Sulphadoxine Pyrimethamine to pregnant women that visited the various Health Facilities across the 6 area councils of the FCT during the May and December 2017 rounds of Maternal, Newborn And Child Health (MNCH) weeks.
“We conducted Yellow Fever vaccinations for 1,512 (823 Males and 689 Females) intending Pilgrims during the 2017 Induction exercise for Christians and Muslims.”
However, the HHSS boss decried the delay at which some of the health and other allied matters bill of the secretariat still pending at the National Assembly.
She nevertheless vowed that in spite of the obvious challenges the secretariat would move the health sector of the FCT to the next phase in 2018.
According to her, amongst the New projects the secretariat intends to embark on to improve health and Human services in the territory includes, rehabilitation and expansion of Kuje District Hospital to a standard secondary health care facility.

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