The Guardian (Nigeria)

U. S. assures Imo of partnershi­p in healthcare, citizens’ wellbeing

- From Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri

THEUnited States has assured Imo State Government of partnershi­p in policies bordering on citizens’ wellbeing and healthcare, especially in tackling HIV/ AIDS.

To that effect, the U. S. Government has promised to provide 1.6 million Nigerians with life- saving HIV treatment facilities.

Speaking when she visited Governor Hope Uzodimma, at Douglas House, Owerri, Chargé d’affaires, U. S. Embassy in Nigeria, Ms. Kathleen Fitzgibbon, urged the governor to consolidat­e on his efforts in the fight against HIV/ AIDS and lifesaving services.

According to the U. S. envoy, Imo is a critical area for the national HIV policy and implementa­tion.

Her words: “The Imo government’s support is critical to ensuring that we collective­ly move the state towards ending the HIV epidemic.

“U. S. support to Imo is provided through the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) and the implementi­ng partner, the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria ( CCFN). They are working hand- in- hand to expand HIV clinical services and enhance programme management.”

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