A total of 196 pregnant women in Kaduna State last week tested positive to HIV during the second-phase of Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week, MNCHW, the Commissioner of Heath, Kaduna state, Dr Dogo Manya, has revealed.
The Commissioner, who disclosed this, while delivering an address at a one-day Quality Stakeholders Forum organised by the Kaduna State MNCH Accountability Mechanism, KADMAN, in conjunction with Community Health and Research Initiative, said, out of 152,063 pregnant women tested during the period, 196 were HIV positive.
With a theme: “Open Kaduna State Ministry of Health,” the commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ibrahim Jere, said the 196 that were found to be HIV-positive were, however, referred for Anti-Retro-viral Therapy.
“This has earned the state a United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) award as the best performing state in the country,” he said, adding that “this is the second time the state is being recognised as the best performing state in the country, beginning from 2015.”
Dogo also disclosed that, under the Global Fund for Malaria (programme), the state has received and distributed 271,262 long-lasting insecticidal nets, 57 diagnostics test kits and Anti-malarial drugs to 391 health faculties across the 23 local government areas of the state.
He also stated that the state government has so far spent the sum of N25 million for the procurement of therapeutic for supplements, in order to combat the increased incidence of malnutrition.
Among other facilities, according to the Commissioner, the state has procured the state-of-the-art thermo-cycler equipment and consumables to enable generic mapping and early detection of viruses, including HIV and Hepatitis.
He added that there was free maternal and child health for pregnant women and children under the ages of five, using 144 health facilities with both primary and secondary health facilities rendering services.
On Tuberculosis and Leprosy, he said there was implementation and sustenance of programmes for both ailments and emergency transport system.
“Over 600 pregnant women-in-labour were transported free-of-charge to health facilities,” he maintained, saying, this programme is in collaboration with MNCH2 and other partners to cover the 23 local government areas of the state,” Dogo stated.
Dogo lamented over inadequate cash backing by Kaduna state ministry of finance, delay in the release of funds for implementation of activities, and that inadequate overhead costs hampered Kaduna state Ministry of Health.
He then recommended for adequate and timely cash backing from Ministry of Finance and adequate overhead cost allocations to the ministry.
On the state’s routine immunization budget scorecard, the indicators’ scorecard in the reporting period January-December, 2016, recorded improvement only in the percentage of LGAs that retire RI finances in the month of July-December, 2016, health facilities and finance information, compared to January-June, 2016. Although the ministry of health personnel contested the scores as compiled and presented by community health research, CHR partner.