…Appeals to house-holds for cooperation
The Federal Ministry of Health, in conjunction with other partners in the health sector, has embarked on a health project across the country tagged: “Nigeria Aids Indicator and Impact Survey” (NAIIS). The programme is aimed at achieving healthy and happy families through a Zero-HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis free generation in Nigeria. The survey will make use of 88,775 households throughout the country, randomly selected for participation in the survey with the help of the National Population Commission (NPOC).
Dr. Ayodele Alegbeleye, the TA Mobilization, who led a team of other Government Health officials on a visit to The Leader at Assumpta Press, Onitsha Road Induxtrial Layout Owerri, Friday, October 5, 2018, disclosed these facts, while interacting with the Management of the company.
According to him, NAIIS will help health providers to know how many people in Nigeria have HIV and need health services. The survey will provide the Federal Ministry of Health the information to improve the quality of HIV treatment and other services. By so doing, Nigeria can move towards an HIV-free generation, he said.
Dr. Alegbeleye assured that households selected for the survey their participation will help their communities by providing the Federal and State Ministries of Health with valued information that will be used to fight HIV and improve the health of Nigerians.
The team leader called household heads to action, urging them to encourage their loved ones to know their HIV status, as this will help them make the right choices for their health.
He also disclosed that all NAIIS participants are encouraged to take advantage of the referrals to care, should they test positive to HIV, Hepetitis B or Hepititis C. “Proper treatment will allow you to continue living a normal and fulfilled life within your community”, he assured. The Federal Ministry of Health TA Mobilization further stated that if the timing of any household visit is not convenient, participants can chose to reschedule their interviews for a later time or day. He however pointed out that each household can only be visited a maximum of three times.
It would be recalled that the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) packaged the NAIIS project in conjunction with the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (NACA), Ministry of Health of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, AIDS Control Agencies with the support from donor agencies and other HIV program implementing partners.
According to Dr. Alegbeleye, participation in the survey is free, as healthcare workers will visit families in the comfort and privacy of their homes. “With your permission, they will ask questions, provide counseling and take blood samples for testing of HIV, Hepatitis B and C and CD4 count. All these will be done at no cost to the participants”, he assured.
Dr. Ayodele strongly advised Ndi Imo to show interest in the survey as its outcome will determine the level of intervention by government and assessment of the Intervention Fund, drugs and personnel.
Responding, Fr. Ray Nzereogu, Director of Assumpta Press and Editor of The Leader commended the team for the noble job they are doing, and urged them to sustain it. He advised them to make use of the outcome of the survey to carry out government intervention and not to allow the project to be an adhoc or short-lived one. It should be translated into policies that will uplift the standard of health of Nigerians. Fr. Nzereogu urged government to now and again come up with such surveys and use both government and private media to sell the useful ideas obtained.
Other members of the Health team were: Onwuka Edith SW&SE zonal Mobilizer, Eddy Ezurike, Okafor Modestus, and Abanobi Chinwe State Based Mobilizers. The Associate Editor of The Leader, Sir Emeka Ani was also present at the occasion.
The team had earlier visited His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony JV Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri