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UNITAID partners C’River to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria

AIDSHIVA United Nations’ programme, under the auspices of UNITAID, has declared its readiness to partner the Cross River State government and other stakeholders, in fighting the scourge of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases in the state.

South South coordinator of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Oluseye Babatunde, who disclosed this at the end of a one-day stakeholders meeting, said the agency has drawn up an action plan aimed at actualising the programme.

Accordng to him, part of the action plan was the expansion and sustainability of the use of rapid diagnostic tests for the
management of malaria in the private health sector in the state.

The plans also include massive public enlightenment on the use of the Long Lasting Insecticide Net (LLIN), environmental sanitation, and use of protective devices.

Also included is massive deployment of Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (MRDT), training and retraining
of all health staff, among others.

Country Representative of WHO in Nigeria, Dr Rui Gama Vaz, presented an update on policies, guidelines and regulations for diagnosis and treatment of malaria in
Nigeria.

Also, Director General of Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu, who declared the meeting opened, lauded the WHO, Malaria Consortium Society for Family Health and others, in finding the appropriate diagnosis of malaria before it is treated



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