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IHVN Disseminates National Guideline to FCT healthcare workers


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To ensure that people living with HIV receive quality services as specified by the recently launched 2016 National Guidelines for HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care, the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) has disseminated the guidelines to Health Care Workers (HCW) in FCT.

In a two-day meeting in Abuja, sensitization on the new approaches in the guidelines was highlighted. IHVN FCT Regional Manager, Dr. Young Oluokun, said the new guideline is a must-have for all health care workers in the country. “It will help them to understand the "current best practices" and wet their appetites to often return to it as a guide to eliminate continuing in the obsolete practices. Dr. Oluokun said, the emphasis of the new guideline is to 'Test and Treat' all HIV positive persons regardless of level of CD4 count.

imagesAt the event, Program Manager, FCT Agency for the Control of AIDS (FACA), Dr. Uche Okoro said “With the 90-90-90 campaign, this new guideline could not have come at a better time as it is a complete overview of the best practices to handle our positive clients and the HIV program in the country. It is a good platform for every health care worker to key into for standardized service delivery.”

Commencement of practices such as immediate treatment for persons living with the HIV virus as against the previous practice based on level of clients’ immunity and presence of other diseases was also discussed. At the meeting, group work and technical discussions of issues around transition, integration and ownership of the HIV program at the state level were addressed. Participants at the meeting commended IHVN for the meeting which is an eye opener on the new tools of practice for the HIV program.

imagesA participant, Dr. Aliyu Mohammed, pediatric ART Focal Person from Bwari General Hospital stated that with the recommended new practices, the guideline is a welcome development for him especially with regards to the drugs for treatment of people living with HIV. Another participant, PMTCT Focal person from Comprehensive Health Center, Dede, Priscilla Oleru said, "I have heard and learnt new and valuable information such as the new practice for the treatment of high risk infants to reduce chances of infection and also the pre-exposure prophylaxis for high risk individuals such as, discordant couples, commercial sex workers, people that practice anal sex and injection drug users to reduce incidence of HIV for them.”

About 90 HCWs comprising of implementing partners, policy makers, focal persons from Comprehensive sites and Primary Health Centers, FACA, FCT Agency for the Control of AIDS (FACA), FCT AIDS & STI Control Program (FASCP) and other state officials attended the meeting.

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