The Lead for the National Prevention of Mother-To- Child Transmission of HIV and AIDS at National AIDS and STI Control has advocated for state governments to procure HIV commodities to boost PMTCT.

Dr. Gbenga Ijaodola, PMTCT Assistant Director, made the appeal in Calabar, on Thursday, at a three-day workshop to reinvigorate and produce a work plan for journalists.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the journalists are members of the Journalists’ Alliance for the Prevention of Mother-To- Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS (JAPiN).

The workshop was organised by the Child Rights Information Bureau, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with UNICEF.

According to Ijaodola, there was an urgent need for a clear community strategy to reach the unreached, as well as to mobilise community influencers, especially religious leaders, who would help to educate pregnant women on PMTCT need.

The assistant director said that there was a need to understand why about 60 per cent of pregnant women delivered at home and then respond to their needs with a clear strategy.


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