The Society for Family Health (SFH) a Nigerian NGO, has conducted a three day training for 57 Taraba state health care workers on effective health care delivery.
The exercise which is funded by AIDSFONDS and ViiV healthcare in partnership with Paediatric breakthrough partners such as UNICEF, EGPAF and PATA, brought together the ART doctors and their Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) officers as well as the health educators of the three LGAs.
Speaking at the end of the exercise which took place at the Galaxy Point Conference Center in Jalingo on Saturday, the state’s Project Manager Mrs Aisha Dadi said that the training drew participants from three LGAs of Jalingo, Gassol and Zing.
She said that the SFH has been working in partnership with communities, government, donors and the private sector to achieve the universal health coverage and social justice for all Nigerians.
“We deploy health system strengthening and total market approach in a bid to unify the private and public health sectors in achieving the goal.
“The Lsfiyan Yara Project is an intervention that aimed at ensuring paediatric, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers receive quality HIV treatment and care using existing community structure through Community-Clinic-Collaboration” she added.
According to Dadi, the workshop was packaged to build the capacity of doctors, relevant healthcare workers and community actors on the UNICEF Paediatric Service Delivery Framework (SDF) to achieve accelerated results.
She further revealed that other objectives of the project was to identify children, adolescents, pregnant and nursing mothers who are HIV positive and link them to care.
She informed that it was also to ensure that these category of HIV positive citizens continue to have access to life saving anti retroviral therapy with a view to making those on treatment remained virally suppressed.
Mrs Aisha Dadi identified some challenges to include unavailability of working tools for health workers, HIV test kits, lack of adequate manpower as, according to her, most of the data entry clerks and M&Es at health facilities were volunteers frequently leave for greener pasture.
She explained that participants also reported distance from community to facilities as causing great challenge to clients to adhere to treatment as most of them may not have transportation fares to the facilities for their drug pick ups.
Earlier in a goodwill message, the Director General of Taraba State AIDS Control Agency, Dr Garba Dajuma reassured that the state would continue to provide an enabling environment to ensure the success of all interventions from partners.
He thanked the SFH for its continued support in the training and retraining of health sectors workers across the state and assured them of the support of the Agency at all times.
Our Correspondent reports that participants for the three day training came from the National Paediatric HIV task team, Taraba State Ministry of Health and AET Doctors from Federal Medical Center, Jalingo.
Others are Taraba State Specialist Hospital Jalingo, Government House Clinic, Jalingo, Umma Hospital Jalingo, Jinya Hospital Jalingo, General Hospital Zing, UMCH Zing as well as General Hospital Mutum Biyu in Gassol LGA of the state.