>> Abuja IDP camp res­i­dents sub­mit to HIV test­ing

Daily Trust - - YOUTH VILLE -

Text by Judd-Leonard Okafor

Ahealth out­reach for in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple camp­ing in Abuja has tested res­i­dents of the camp for HIV in hopes of get­ting them to know their sta­tus.

Only one of the 82 in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple on camp at Gon­gola Vil­lage, near Kuchin­goro 3 along Air­port/Jabi Road tested pos­i­tive, ac­cord­ing to the char­ity Save the Chil­dren Ini­tia­tive (STCI), which or­gan­ised the out­reach.

The group in­cluded 63 adults-20 males and 43 fe­males-and 19 chil­dren, 13 of them girls. SCTI’s co­or­di­na­tor in Abuja, Napoleon Ag­baidu, said the lone pos­i­tive case has “been linked to a clos­est fa­cil­ity of AHF [Aids Health­care Foundation] for en­rol­ment and treat­ment.”

Dr Ke­maonu An­thony, anti-retro­vi­ral ther­apy clin­i­cian at AHF Nige­ria told the camp res­i­dents vol­un­tary test­ing and coun­selling to know their sta­tus was im­por­tant to pro­tect them­selves and un­born chil­dren from con­tract­ing HIV.

Part­ners in­clud­ing a pri­mary health care cen­tre at Pi­woyi, helped dis­trib­ute fam­ily plan­ning com­modi­ties and en­cour­age preg­nant women on the camp to at­tend an­te­na­tal clinic, where they can get treat­ment for ail­ments as malaria.

Rahila Shamaki, from the health cen­tre, told camp res­i­dents to work to­ward en­sur­ing they de­liver their ba­bies in clin­ics, rather than at home.

In ad­di­tion to ad­vo­cat­ing for bet­ter health and nu­tri­tion sta­tus for res­i­dents of in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons camps, the out­reach also con­ducted skills-ac­qui­si­tion classes where res­i­dents learn crafts as liq­uid soap mak­ing. Or­gan­is­ers said the skill could help res­i­dents meet house­hold con­sump­tion needs or busi­ness pur­poses.

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