UNAIDS urges governors to re-strengthen maternal, newborn child health
The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appealed to state governors to re-strengthen Maternal and Newborn Child Health (MNCH) to quicken the pace of ending HIV and AIDS in the country.
Dr Bilali Camara, the Country Director, UNAIDS Nigeria, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.
Camara urged the governors to commit themselves more to the MNCH week, adding that the event is one of the critical events that help in the prevention of mother to child transmission HIV.
He added that UNAIDS would leverage on the event to widen the access to HIV and AIDS response services.
He said the UNAIDS would use the week to enhance access to HIV and AIDS services and ensure that it yielded more results by reaching out to many people through the pregnant women.
“When you identify one child or a pregnant woman living with HIV and AIDS during the week, it may also lead other people within the family,’’ he said.
He also encouraged national decision makers to implement task shifting and task sharing policy, to bring HIV and AIDS services more closer to people.
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