On 19/Feb/2019 / In Articles
The Edo State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS has urged the Local Action Committee on AIDS across the 18 local government councils and nongovernmental organisations to support Governor Godwin Obaseki’s efforts at revving up intervention programmes on the prevention and management of the disease across the state.
The Executive Director, EDOSACA, Mrs Flora Oyakhilome, said support from the Obaseki led-administration had provided the agency with improved access to HIV testing services in Edo State.
Oyakhilome noted that the support from LACAs and NGOs in the state would complement the governor’s effort at re-positioning the agency to reduce the spread of the disease in rural areas across the state.
“LACAs and NGOs should work together to strengthen existing structures within communities. The plan is to replicate this strategy in the other senatorial districts and sustain the response,” she said.
Oyakhilome added that the state government had approved funds for Mobile HIV Testing Services across seven locations in Benin City, a move, she said, was targeted at increasing HIV testing services in the state.
“The December 2018 services data coming from the community mobile HIV testing service has shown tremendous progress by the agency. A total of 4,113 persons were counselled, tested and received results during this period,” Oyakhilome said.
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