Coco-Bassey Esu|23 May 2017
As Cross River State Government sets to launch Fast Tracking HIV and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission( PMTCT) targeting the global plan of achieving the 90-90-90 targets to eliminate mother – to – child Transmission (EMTCT) "of HIV by 2020, the State Ministry of Health has strengthen partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (FRC) and Supporting United Nations Agencies (UNICEF, UNAIDS and UNFPA) to eliminate the mother – child – transmission of HIV in Cross River State.
The CRS Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong after meeting with representatives from the Federal Ministry of Health, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (FRC) and supporting United Nations Agencies (UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA) assured that 'His Excellency, Sen Prof Ben Ayade is passionate about family Health and has called for high level advocacy meeting and partnership to scale up to Eliminate Mother To Child Transmission (EMTCT) of HIV by 2020'.
Dr Asibong added 'What we are doing now is a super fast track targets to eliminate AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020' .
The World Health Organisation (WHO) promotes a comprehensive approach to PMTCT programmes which includes :
» Preventing new HIV among women of child bearing age.
» Preventing unintended pregnancies among women living HIV.
» Preventing HIV transmission from a woman living with HIV to her baby.
» Providing appropriate treatment, care and support to mothers living with HIV and their children and families.
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