Stop charging HIV patients, Ganduje warns Health Workers

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he Kano state Government on Wednesday warned Health workers to desist from charging patients for any HIV/AIDS related services. These include testing, consultation, and medication.

Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa handed down the warning while declaring open a Three-Day training workshop on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS, HIV Testing services, Infections Prevention and Control and Data Collection held concurrently at Bichi and Dawakin Tofa zones.

According to Dr. Tsanyawa, the training is part of the State government’s commitment to improving health service delivery across 44 LGAs.

He urged the trainees to extend the knowledge they would acquired during the workshop to all the staff of their facilities.

Earlier, the Director-General, of the State Agency for the Control of Aids, Dr. Sabitu Y. Shu’aibu Shanono, said the training was the second of its kind in less than a year and in each cluster 2 persons from 200 health facilities participated in the training, as part of the effort of the state government to limit the spread of the disease and improve Healthcare delivery in the state.

Aminu Bello Sani, SACA public relations officer, indicated in a statement that the Director enjoyed the public to know their HIV/AIDS status before wedlock and during ante natal care so that the state can achieve the United Nation targets to ends the pandemic in 2030.

HIV remains one of the most serious global health threats. In 2017, 1.8 million people were infected with HIV, and 940,000 died of AIDS-related causes.

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