US envoy lauds FCTA on use of HIV AIDS funds

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By Abdullahi Muhammad

Visiting United States Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan, has commended the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for judiciously utilising grants received from the US government for HIV/AIDS intervention programmes.
Sullivan made this remark, Tuesday, when he inspected the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) centre in Asokoro General Hospital.
He appreciated the FCT Administration for the warm hospitality accorded him and his entourage, and conveyed his satisfaction with the projects so far executed. These include the ARV clinic and paediatric early infant diagnosis facilities, among others.
During an interactive session with beneficiaries of the HIV care and treatment programme, the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the American government for positively affecting their living conditions, stating that the envoy’s visit gave them a sense of belonging as part of the global community, thereby boosting their morale and immunity.
The US envoy further disclosed that he would engage with his colleagues in government and the executive in congress to spotlight the problems of HIV/AIDS patients in Nigeria in order to render more support to them.
It could be recalled that the centre was donated by the US government for the purpose of treatment HIV/AIDS, effective management of maternal, new-born and child health as well as prevention of maternal-to-child transmission (PMCTC) of the syndrome.
The PEPFAR programme was initiated by the administration of former American President, George W. Bush to check the spread of HIV/AIDS scourge in Africa.


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