Healthcare: Ogun unveils action plan to reduce mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission

*The Ogun State Government launches an action plan for people living with HIV, HIV-positive pregnant, breastfeeding women, and vulnerable children to access quality service, care and support

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

With the needed resources to ensure the state is free of the devastating virus, the Ogun State Government (OGSG) has unveiled plan to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS as part of efforts at integrating and strengthening referral linkages between antenatal care, family planning and sexual and reproductive health services.

Dr. Kehinde Fatungase, Executive Secretary/Project Manager, Ogun State Agency for the Control of AIDS (OGSACA), stated that resources would be harnessed to ensure that the Gateway State is free of the disease, according to report.

Fatungase said the Governor Dapo Abiodun administration was committed to the wellbeing of women and children.

He stressed that contraceptive-demand generation programmes for HIV-positive women would be given utmost attention.

The OGSACA Executive Secretary stated: “The expansion of access to HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) services would be monitored.”

It was learnt Fatungase noted that the agency is targeting at least 80 percent of people living with HIV and vulnerable children in the three Senatorial districts of the state.

According to him, this is aimed at providing access to quality service, care and support, just as 90 percent of all HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding women are scheduled to receive ART by the end of 2021.

Mrs. Balikis Olorunisola, a consultant on HIV/AIDS in Ogun State, also submitted that the state is passionate on data-gathering and documentation, keeping records of activities with accurate figures was essential for the state’s HIV work plan.

Olorunisola admonished participating ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and others to key into the programmes’ analysis.

This is to increase prevention and save lives with the assurance that the state government would institutionalise and strengthen the quality management systems for all ART and viral load assessment services, the consultant noted.

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