National Action Plan to End Mother to Child Transmission of HIV Set to Launch

[media-credit id=1 align=”aligncenter” width=”346″]HIV AIDS[/media-credit]Mother to Child transmission of the HIV virus is one of the saddest ways a person can contract the disease. It used to be that once a woman tested positive for HIV/AIDS she had to abandon all plans of having a baby or give birth to one who would automatically be positive. Medical science is advancing and these days and it is now possible for a HIV positive mother to give birth to a baby without transmitting it to the newborn. Nigeria is among the countries that are working hard in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Plans are being put in place to ensure that Nigeria does not slip down the ladder in the fight against HIV/AIDS; President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to launch a National Action Plan to end Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT) of HIV in the country.

Prof. John Idoko, the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) said

“In order to increase the momentum in the effort to achieve (eMTCT), there is need to enhance political commitment at all levels of government, he went ahead to explain that “this high level process undertaken by Mr. President aims at political and social mobilization to end the AIDS epidemic among children.

“It will start with the launching of a National Action Plan to end Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in Nigeria between 2015 and 2016 and progress into a vigorous one-week long nationwide campaign of HIV counselling and testing (HCT) for pregnant women”.

The United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) Country Director, Dr. Bilali Camara, said Nigeria needs to expand the current scope in the treatment and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in the country.

This is a wonderful development by the Federal government; let’s just hope it will be actualized.

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