By Margaret Oraza
The Benue State government is to sustain collaboration towards providing quality health care services, especially on HIV/AIDS, for the benefit of Benue people.
The Benue State Commissioner for Health and Human services, Dr Joseph Ngbea stated this while addressing participants at the third quarter State Action Committee on AIDS (SACA) and Implementing partners (IP) meeting held at the Conference Hall of Doo Palace Hotel in Makurdi.
Dr Ngbea, who was represented by Mr Mfa Abeh thanked the implementing partners on the support rendered towards the success of the meeting and the drop of HIV to the barest minimum. He thanked the partners for taking the state to the next level and assured of the ministry’s support.
Earlier, Executive Secretary, Benue State AIDS Control Agency, (BENSACA), Dr Ephraim Tyo, who emphasized on the importance of the meeting and appreciated the sponsorship of APIN and the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom for providing an enabling environment, even as he appreciated the collaborative efforts of other implementing partners in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the state.
He further commended the IPs whom have come to discuss the way forward, saying that it was timely as the year was coming to the end for the AIDS world celebration come December and how it could record success.
Also speaking, the prevention Technical Working Group Desk Officer, Mr Titus Wanngo explained the objectives of the group, saying, it serves as a coordinating platform for partners and stakeholders; avoid wasting of resources by harnessing efforts synchronized to the response; it also provides an enabling environment for effective intervention in Benue State; and provides solution to challenges encountered in the course of operation.
In their separate remarks, the state Director, Public Health and Human Services, Dr Terna Kur, who was represented by Mrs Esther Menger and Tine Agernor, Program Manager, Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF), appreciated Governor Ortom for creating an enabling environment towards the success of programmes.