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LAGOS STEPS UP CAMPAIGN TO ELIMINATE MOTHER-TO-CHILD TRANSMISSION OF HIV

The Lagos State Government is set for another round of campaign to accelerate the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to reduce maternal deaths in the state.

 

This is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja by the state’s Ministry of Health.

 

The statement said that the campaign would enable infected pregnant mothers to have increased access to services, to prevent their babies from being infected and encourage more families to embrace family planning practices.

 

Part of the strategy, it said, was to unveil Wife of the state governor, Mrs Abimbola Fashola, as the face of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Maternal Health in the state.

 

The strategy, the statement added, would also provide an update on progress towards elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission (MTCT) of HIV in the state in the light of the global plan targets highlighting achievements and gaps.

 

It was also expected to stimulate commitment of critical stakeholders, provide vital information on PMTCT and compile a directory of functional PMTCT sites in the state.

 

The goal of the campaign, according to the statement, is to catalyse high level support through the mobilisation of strategic stakeholders, including women of influence.

 

The aim, it added, was to improve demand for quality Prevention of PMTCT services and to encourage healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.

 

The statement said the state was working in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).

 

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