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Thursday, May 25, 2017

HIV/AIDS Prevalence: Anambra Partners With CHEERS


With the prevalence increase in Human Immune Virus (HIV and Aids) in most State and Country, Anambra State government through the state ministry of health has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with an NGO on global fund on HIV project, Centre for health education economic rehabilitation and social security (CHEERS) to help combat this issue.

CHEERS which is a sub recipient in the global fund for HIV and a part of principal recipient of FHI 360, is an NGOwhich major goal is to be a succour to persons living with HIV and AIDS as they will provide intervention drugs and other commodities that will help stabilize and sustain the life of persons living with the Virus.

Addressing the members of the press in his Jerome Udorji Secretariat Office,Awka on the 24th of May 2017, the Hon. Commissioner for Health Dr. Joe Akabuikestated that by signing the MOU with the CHEERS the State Government under the leadership of his able governor Chief Willie Obiano has once againreaffirmed its willingness and readiness to partner with any good organisation that will be of beneficially to the people of the state.

Dr.Akabuike also said that MOU signed is meant to maintain the global funding in the state. Stating that there are about 75 Primary Health Care Centresand 7 sites where global fund is supporting HIV projects in the State. ‘’Since HIV and Aids does not have a cure, its prevalence is on the increase thus, increase in the persons living with the Virus. Therefore there is need to sustain the form in making sure that the Viral role of HIV in human being is been limited through the intervention drugs and other commodities to allow the carriers to live their normal life’’ he said.

Also speaking at the press brief the country Rep. and the Executive director CHEERS, Mrs HajiaOgugua applauded the State Government for having the affairs of the people at heart by allowing them reach an understanding to implement the project. 

Assuring them that they will gear their support to make sure that the project makes a great impact in the life of the people of the State.

Mrs Ogugua also said that the NGO will move to all the health facilities in the state and do all the needful. Advising the people to get tested for free and know their status. If positive CHEERS will counsel and give the person treatment and with constant taking of their drugs the person will live his/her normal, without any fear.

In his vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health, Dr.OkwuchukwuChukwuka thanked the NGO for deeming it necessary to partner with the state. Assuring them of the full support of the state in making the project a great success.


By Nwokedi Nwanneka A.C. (Mins. of Health)


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