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Expert advocates for national emergency on mother to child transmission of HIV



Expert advocates for national emergency on mother to child transmission of HIV

By Franca Ofili The National Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) Program led by the National AIDS and STI Control Program called on the federal government to declare a national emergency on PMTCT.

Dr Ijaodola Olugbenga, Deputy Director, PMTCT called Calabar on Tuesday during a three-day workshop to invigorate and produce a work plan for journalists.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the journalists are members of the Alliance of Journalists for the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and AIDS (JAPiIN).

The workshop is organized by the Information Office on Children’s Rights of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with UNICEF.

He said there was an urgent need for a clear community strategy to reach the excluded, recognize the importance of working with all actors, private providers, traditional birth attendants (TBAs), community leaders and networks of people living with HIV.

The PMTCT boss also called for the creation and empowerment of the Local Government Zone (LGA) team to process HIV-related data, sample registration, commodities and other services.

He said there was a need to organize all facilities (public and private) and other service delivery points for HIV services for pregnant women using a “Hub and Spoke” model.

“We need to strengthen the communication and use of data based on the hub and spoke approach and with the commitment of the LGA team.

“There is a need to develop a realistic state-specific approach to improve the development of Ante Natal (ANC) clinic, ANC testing and PMTCT coverage.

“Approval and implementation of the state-level framework for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis,” said Olugbenga.

He decried the low uptake of antenatal care services, low uptake of early infant diagnosis services, and urged women to know their HIV status before they get pregnant to help them plan for pregnancy.

The deputy director further stated that two-thirds of expected pregnancies are not recorded in the PMTCT reporting system and that over 90% of pregnant women have presented to health facilities reporting PMTCT to be tested for PMTCT. HIV.

He said: “According to the National Strategic Plan (NSP), only 95 percent of all HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding mothers receive antiretroviral therapy and 95 percent of all HIV-exposed infants receive antiretroviral prophylaxis.

“Only 95 percent of all infants exposed to HIV are diagnosed early within six to eight weeks of birth.”

According to him, the WHO target for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission (“yellow book”) indicated that the country has 95% ANC coverage, 95% test coverage for pregnant women. with 95% PMTCT coverage.

“Poor access to the formal public health sector, PMTCT services currently only reach about a third of pregnant women in Nigeria and many states have yet to respond to the provision of adequate funding for activities HIV-related programmatic, including PMTCT, ”he said.

Source: NAN

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