The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has embarked on an aggressive enlightenment campaign to create awareness on HIV/AIDS and other prevalent diseases. The programme was tagged “Free Multi-disease Outreach.”
The campaign aimed at curbing the spread of AIDS which has been on the increase recently due to emergence of other health challenges in the country.
At the launch of one of such exercises in Njikoka Local Government Area in Anambra State, the Director-General of NACA, Prof. John Idoko who was represented by Mr. Moses Rock, attributed the recent rise in the spread of AIDS to lack of priority.
Speaking, the Project Coordinator of Anambra State Agency for Control of AIDS (ANSACA) who was represented by Miss Ngozi Welumkalu commended NACA for the initiative, pledging the state’s effective collaboration with the agency.
On his part, the Igwe of Abagana in Njikoka Local Government Area, His Royal Highness (HRH), Igwe Mbamalu Okeke praised the Federal Government for providing Medicare at people’s doorsteps, promising that the traditional institution will do its best by educating and mobilising the people to access the free services.
In his remark, Public Health Coordinator, Mr. Igwe expressed appreciation to the organisers of the programme, adding that the exercise has injected a new lease of life in the health sector.
Commenting, a facilitator of the programme, Mr. Cosmos Nnabude said the outreach became imperative in order to bridge the gap between low income earners and affordable access to Medicare. He pleaded with rural dwellers to make optimum use of the programme which focuses on general health issues.
Highpoints of the programme were free testing for HIV/AIDS, blood pressure, blood glucose, BM assessment, de-worming, free distribution of drugs and insecticide-treated nets, among others.
Source: The Nation