Tuesday, 9 February 2016

NACA Conducts HIV Test In Benue

As part of efforts to reduce HIV/AIDS prevalence in Benue State, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has tested suburban residents in the state for the virus in addition to counselling them.

The NACA team tested and counseled over 4,000 people in Tarka Local Government Area of the state.    The service sites were located in two communities at Primary Health Center (PHC) Tarhembe and Aboho to enable the people have easy access to the medical hands.

The services included HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and referral, diagnosis and treatment of Malaria, blood pressure checks, random blood glucose checks and general medical consultations as well as provision of drugs to ailing people.

The Deputy Chairman of Tarka council Mr Tarka Shachia, who was at hand to receive dignitaries, was full of appreciation to NACA for the kind gesture.

NACA representative, Mr. Lawrence Kwagha urged the people to spread the news of the fair and tell people to come out for the free care and treatment.

One of the beneficiaries, Atem Aondafoa, said the programme has really been of immense benefit to the people. He added that many of the villagers have not been able to access healthcare centers mainly because of their economic situation and time.

The decentralization of the programme, according to him was a thing of joy seen caregivers coming down to the villages to attend to the people.

“This programme is relevant to us because we are in a village, many of our people are farmers and they don’t have the time to go to hospital for treatment but now Federal Government has bring this free treatment to us and we are grateful,” he said.


1 comment:

  1. The title of this report is inappropriate. Instead of Benue it should have been Tarka LGA of Benue State. NACA should make more efforts to cover more grounds in the geographical area of Benue State to merit the title.