The Integrated Supportive Supervision Team of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), and World Bank and the Anambra State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (ANSACA), have met in Awka to strengthen the state’s coordination and prevention of HIV/AIDS in various health facilities to ensure best practices.
The meeting featured deliberations on the extension of the HPDP-2 and activities that will enhance the prevalence rate and how to mitigate them.
In addition, the meeting aimed at strengthening ANSACA activities and programme efficiency so as to help strengthen the state’s intervention towards decreasing prevalence of HIV in the state.
Speaking to newsmen on the sideline of the meeting, the Executive Director ANSACA Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim said Governor Willie Obiano’s administration has embarked on pro- active projects in the State in line with its vision of being a foremost platform for the control of HIV/AIDS in the State.
Dr Ibezim noted that the Agency under his watch is poised to record landmark feats that will curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in Anambra State in accordance with the mandate of the Governor despite the challenges of the current global economic crunch.
According to him, ‘’The ANSACA Office has been operating without electricity supply for three years but we have successfully restored electricity and the Staff are once again operating under conducive working conditions. This has also increased our productivity.
“This feat was achieved courtesy of the office of Her Excellency, the Wife of the Executive Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, whose office superintends ANSACAs’ activities. She provided us with a connection of the electricity”.
Dr. Ibezim said that at present there are 43 treatment facilities providing free Anti Retroviral drugs, and over 300 PMTCT facilities supported by the FHI 360 through the SIDHAS project and PPFN in the state.
Governor Obiano, he said, is very supportive and he has given his directives on curbing the spread of the virus to its lowest ratio while taking care of those already living with it., he added.
He encouraged the staff to continue with their team spirit attitude which has impacted on the productivity of the agency, while charging all departments to develop plans of action that will fit into the general Work Plan.
He said on assumption of office the Agency has removed the shanty located adjacent to the Agency building which housed discarded items adding that the items ranging from Refrigerators, Furniture, Cartons of expired Condoms, etc, were relocated to the Central Medical Store after proper documentation.
He recalled that ANSACA in collaboration with the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), which is Mrs. Obiano’s Non Governmental Organization organized a road show featuring television and radio interviews by the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) with more than 200 participants gathered at the ABS Complex where holistic lectures on HIV/AIDS were delivered by ANSACA Staff.
Through that march effective sensitization and creation of awareness on HIV/AIDS was carried out because during the occasion fliers were distributed and on-the-spot counseling was carried out.
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