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NAIIS says survey will help response to HIV

The Technical Advisory for Mobilization of South West and South East Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey, Mr Ayodele Alegbeleye says the introduction of the Survey by the federal government will provide accurate population-based HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C information that is urgently needed to ascertain the progress of the national HIV response and enhance linkage of HIV positive persons to care.

Mr Alegbeleye made this known when he led a team of NAIIS on an advocacy visit to the National Orientation Agency Abia state.

He noted that Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey which is currently being carried out in all the states of the federation is done free of charge and is targeted to persons between zero to sixty four years.

Mr Alegbeleye enumerated some of the benefits of the program to include participants knowing their HIV status in the comfort of their homes, individuals that test positive would be immediately linked to support, care and treatment on the disease, individuals that test negative would receive counseling on how to protect themselves as well as provision of test participants to know their Hepatitis B and C status.

Mr Alegbeleye stated that the programme is done through the use of data obtained from the National Population Commission to select eighty eight thousand, seven hundred and seventy households across the seven hundred and seventy four local government areas in the country.

He appealed to stakeholders, the media and religious bodies to assist in the effective dissemination of the information to the grass root.

In a remark the Assistance Director Programmes, National Orientation Agency Abia state Mr Mike Ogwe commended federal government for establishing the program stating that it would go a long way in improving the health status of Nigerians.

He assured that the Agency would do all it could to ensure that the programme achieved its desired success.

Lawrence Nwokedi

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