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Anambra State Govt To Partner Health Experts To Upgrade Anti Retro-viral Therapy Sites

The Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has announced that
the state will partner two major health stakeholders namely; Family Health International Three Hundred and Sixty (FHi360) and Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative (AHNi) to upgrade Anti Retro-viral Therapy (ART) sites within the state.

Dr Okpala made this known during an advocacy visit by representatives from
FHi360 and ANHi in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex,
Awka.

The Honourable Commissioner noted that the two partners have proven themselves essential lead agencies in assisting the Anambra state government’s roles in curbing HIV/AIDS prevalence in the state.

While commending them, the Commissioner assured the agencies of the state
government’s support in achieving a desired goal of the partnership.
ANHi State Programme Adviser, Mr Richard Ugbena explained that the
collaboration with the Ministry of Health, FHi360 and ANHi, with support
from Global Fund would help to upgrade pharmaceutical stores of ten
ART sites.

He also noted that based on the initial assessment conducted with the help of
checklist to identify ART sites, the facilities that qualify for this
upgrade activity include Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital,
Nnewi, Trauma Centre Oba and Comprehensive Health Centre Neni,
Comprehensive Health Centre Ukpo, Comprehensive Health Centre Umunya, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital Awka, General Hospital Enugwu-Ukwu, General Hospital Ekwulobia, Our Lady of Lourdes, Ihiala and St. Joseph Hospital Adazi.

According to him, the site selection was based on current-care and Client
load and lack of needed infrastructure in those facilities.
Mr Ugbena explained that the identified sites would serve as a hub to
other secondary state-owned facilities that would pick-up their
commodities from the hubs closer to them to serve the good people of Anambra.

He commended the Commissioner for accepting to send an engineer to
visit those sites and to develop a Bill of Quantities.

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