Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has said that Federal Government of Nigeria would partner with AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN), to set up Technical Working Group to review the current HIV/AIDS data in the country.
The Minister, who made this known while speaking at the Site Leadership Meeting of AIDS Prevention Initiative (APIN) in Abuja recently, said that “we want to review the HIV data, we want to know what is the current HIV status.”
The Minister said, while constituting the Technical working group, some members would come from APIN. He also said that the ministry would expand the scope of HIV services.It would be decentralize to the grass root level, especially to the Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs). “We want a situation where PHCs can test and treat HIV/AIDS”, he said.
The Minister urged APIN to monitor activities of the Federal Ministry of Health on HIV/AIDS, for accountability, as the Ministry cannot embark on programme, and at the same time monitor the implementation.
In his remarks, Associate Director, Laboratory Service, AIDs Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN), Dr. Jay Osi Samuels said that APIN is a United State Government project to implement HIV/ AIDs programme in Nigeria, and funded by US Center for Diseases Control on behalf of US State Government.
He added that the meeting was to discuss progress with officials of State Governments and institutions, where APIN is implementing the HIV/AIDS programme.