PMTCT, HTS, IPC: KSACA begins training of 200 personnel
By Usman Gwadabe
Health workers in Kano State have been urged to re-double efforts towards protecting people living with HIV/AIDS from COVID-19 infection.
The Director-General of the State Agency for the Control of Aids (KSACA), Dr. Sabitu Y. Shu’aibu Shanono made the assertion shortly after declaring open the training workshop of 444 healthcare workers drawn from 200 health facilities across the state on Prevention Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS, HIV Testing Services (HTS), Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) as well as training on data collection.
The training was observed under strict adherence of the laid down protocols against Covid-19.
Dr. Shanono said that the prevalence of HIV/AIDs in the state has been on the decline, noting that: “this does not mean it comes to an end and therefore we needs to sustain our efforts.”
He added that the state government, under the leadership of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has placed emphasis on improving all health services in the state, especially at the time of this pandemic.
He said the training is very timely as it would help to identify all those carrying the virus by screening at both antenatal care and voluntarily testing before weddings in order to bring to an end the menace.
Earlier, the Zonal Director of Nassarawa Zone, Alhaji Abubakar S. Abdul urged the participants to pay attention in order to acquire new knowledge to improve their service delivery to humanity, according to a statement from Aminu Bello Sani, the Public Relations Officer of KSACA, recently.