HIV/AIDS: FG DEVELOPES PLAN TO ELIMINATE MOTHER-TO-CHILD TRANSMISSION
The Federal Ministry of Health has developed a National Operational plan for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV (2017-2018), aimed at halting the spread of the scourge by 2030.
Dr Deborah Odoh, the Assistant Director, HIV/AIDS Division of the ministry made this known at the National Conference on HIV Prevention in Abuja on Wednesday.
She said the operational plan had incorporated the roles of the private sector and the community in the bid to end the Prevention of Mother-to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV.
She added that the plan had also addressed the provision of Anti-Retro Viral (ARV) drugs for HIV positive pregnant women and ensured that unintended/unplanned pregnancies were prevented among positive women.
She explained that since 2002 when the PMTCT programme begun, Nigeria had been one of the first to adopt each revision of guidelines recommended by World Health Organisation (WHO).