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US Ambassador Visits DASH

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The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Stuart Symington has said that community structures are vital in addressing public health challenges like HIV/AIDS. Amb. Symington, who said this during a visit to Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, commended the efforts of health care workers in saving lives.

“The greatest challenge is not to cure people but what you do to prevent disease. To the extent that everyone considers themselves part of a community, community structures are important,” he said. The Ambassador called for strategies to improve health programs that are suitable for the Nigerian environment and its abundant human resource.

imagesHe interacted with the management of the hospital and state government officials, with health care workers and people living with HIV including adolescents who have a support group that meets monthly at the hospital.

The facility is support to provide HIV care and treatment services for over 6000 people by the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) with funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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