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Nigeria's Health Ministry Tackles NCDs and HIV with Four-Point Strategy

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Nigeria's Health Ministry Tackles NCDs and HIV with Four-Point Strategy

The Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Nigeria is taking firm steps to address the dual challenges of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and HIV. The strategies were laid out during the first annual APIN Public Health Initiative Symposium, held in Abuja, where Dr. Anyaike Chukwuma, the Director of Public Health, outlined the ministry's four-point agenda.

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Confronting NCDs and HIV: A Four-Point Agenda

The agenda emphasized a holistic approach to governance, capacity development, health system strengthening, and financial measures. This holistic approach aims to integrate the care for NCDs and HIV to improve the lives of People Living with HIV (PLHIV).

APIN's Role in HIV Care and Global Collaboration

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Dr. Salma Anas-Kolo, Special Adviser to the President on Health, recognized APIN's significant contribution to HIV care over the past two decades. She further highlighted the need for global and societal collaboration to tackle these health challenges.

High Prevalence of Hypertension and Cervical Cancer in Africa

Adding to the discussion, Dr. Barango Prebo, Acting Team Lead for NCD at the WHO Africa's Regional Office, pointed out the high prevalence of hypertension as a risk factor for NCDs in Africa. He also emphasized the unique challenge posed by the high rates of cervical cancer among NCDs on the continent. Prebo noted that the premature NCD rates in Nigeria exceed the global average, which affects not just the poor but also those with limited access to treatment and healthcare services.

He called for improved healthcare infrastructure and systematic monitoring of medication distribution, particularly for HIV treatment and related medications. In doing so, Nigeria gets closer to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

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