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NACA hands over TB/HIV Genexpert Project to IHVN

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For continued sustainability and optimization of treatment and care for Tuberculosis (TB) patients in the country, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has handed over the NACA – KNCV TB/HIV Genexpert project to the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN).

Other things handed over to IHVN include, 185 Genexpert machines used for diagnosis of TB disease and NACA supported treatment sites during the handover ceremony at NACA head office in Abuja.

During his opening remark, Director General of NACA, Dr. Dr. Sani Aliyu said ‘We are hopeful that IHVN would continue with the good work that we have started and that these Gene expert machines would be put to good use for the enrolment of more TB patients with HIV.” Dr. Aliyu stated that the handover is happening at a good time as the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) is working on the renovation of more Primary Health Centers across the country which will ensure the effective utilization of the machines.

imagesIHVN Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director (COO/MD), Mr. Charles Mensah commended the NACA DG and team for the good work in the fight against HIV and TB and assured that IHVN would rise to the demand. “This is very exciting and important to us as a sign of trust and confidence bestowed and we will not disappoint you. IHVN would ensure continuity and sustainability of this project.”

IHVN Associate Director, Dr. Ronke Agbaje said “The procurement and installation of these Genexpert machines was funded by Global Fund through NACA who sub-granted the maintenance of the machines to KNCV Tuberculosis Nigeria but the grant has ended.” Dr. Agbaje added that IHVN is now formally responsible for the optimization, maintenance and functionality of all the machines.

imagesAlso at the event, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) Prof. O. A. Ladipo congratulated all the parties involved for the good work put in over the years and commended them on the smooth hand over of the project. “I want to commend NACA for the purchase of these Genexpert machines. I can guarantee that IHVN as an organization that has international culture of high maintenance of facilities will look after these machines and use them optimally.”

Other organizations represented at the hand over meeting are, KNCV, United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organization and National TB and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP). Others are United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and National AIDS and STDs Control Programme (NASCP).

IHVN is the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund Grant for Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (DR-TB); the objectives of the grant include surveillance for DR-TB and support for treatment at health facilities and the community level. IHVN is implements the Global Fund HIV New Funding Model (NFM) grant and provides services in the areas of HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC), prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), anti-retroviral treatment (ART) and TB/HIV services in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Kano, Nasarawa, Ogun, Plateau, Taraba and Yobe states and the Federal Capital Territory.

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