ANAMBRA State will partner Family Health International 360 (FHi360) and Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative (AHNi), to upgrade Anti Retro-viral Therapy (ART) sites in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Vincent Okpala said this during an advocacy visit by representatives from FHi360 and ANHi in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.
The commissioner noted that the two partners had played important roles in curbing HIV/AIDS prevalence in the state.
He commended them, while assuring them of the State Government’s support in achieving a desired goal of the partnership.
ANHi State Programme Adviser, Mr Richard Ugbena explained that the collaboration with Ministry of Health, FHi360 and ANHi, with support from Global Fund would help to upgrade pharmaceutical stores of 10 ART sites.
“With support from Global Fund we are mandated to upgrade pharmaceutical stores of 10 ART sites as part of surge intervention in the state as provided for in the approved work plan.
“So, based on initial assessment conducted with the help of checklist to identify ART sites, the facilities that qualify for this upgrade activity include Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Trauma Centre, Oba and Comprehensive Health Centre Neni.
Others are Comprehensive Health Centre, Ukpo, Comprehensive Health Centre, Umunya, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Awka, General Hospital Enugwu-Ukwu, General Hospital Ekwulobia, Our Lady of Lourdes, Ihiala and St. Joseph Hospital Adazi.
According to him, the site selection was based on current-care/client load and lack of needed infrastructure in those facilities.
Mr Ugbena explained that the identified sites would serve as hub to other secondary (state owned) facilities that would pick-up their commodities from the hubs closer to them to serve Ndi Anambra.
He commended the commissioner for accepting to send an engineer to visit those sites and to develop a Bill of Quantities (BoQ).
“We requested for the ministry to provide an engineer to conduct facility assessment and develop a bill of quantities and the commissioner accepted our request.
“While ANHi/FHi360 will provide the logistics needed for the exercise and the engineer engaged by the ministry will work alongside with our procurement and supply chain management adviser.”
In attendance during the visit are Mrs Edith Egbuonu, State Director Pharmaceutical Store, Dr Afam Anaeme, State AIDS Programme Coordinator and Mr Henry Udenenwu, State Programme Officer FHi360.