Ending HIV/AIDS: UNICEF selects Kaduna to implement Buhari’s Vision 2020


Femi Adi/Kaduna

United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF on Thursday in Kaduna said it has selected Kaduna State as one of the states for the implementation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision to end HIV/AIDS in Nigeria by the year 2020.
Dr. Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha in charge of Children and HIV/AIDS Programme (UNICEF) Nigeria, who disclosed this during a media briefing held at Kaduna Field UNICEF office Thursday after the end of her three days visit to Kaduna, said UNICEF is working round the clock to ensure that HIV/AIDS transmission rate is reduced drastically among children.
According to Mbori-Ngacha, strategic measures have been put in place to support Kaduna government to prevent new cases of HIV/AIDS in children, particularly in the area of Mother to Child transmission.
She also revealed that UNICEF would give free treatment to identified and captured infected children in Kaduna.
While commending Kaduna State government as one of the states in the nation that is doing well in preventing mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS, she said UNICEF has concluded plans to assist where there are barriers, challenges and areas of intervention.
“Remember that recently President Buhari was in New York, and he spoke to ‎the world and said he wants to see the end on AIDS in Nigeria by 2020 and so Kaduna State has been selected as fast-track to begin the implementation of that vision,” she stated.
‎Mbori-Ngacha, who described as unfortunate a situation where children are lagging behind in treatment of HIV/AIDS across Nigeria, observed that “this is a sad scenario that is like adults are eating and children staying hungry.
“So we at UNICEF will work with the state to really see how ‎we can identify children living with HIV, better improve their identification and linking them to treatment immediately.”
She equally explained that UNICEF’s target is to ensure that …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper