Government at all levels have been called upon to support Community Based Organizations implementing projects towards elimination of malaria, COVID 19, Tuberculosis, HIV AIDS in communities across the FCT.
The FCT Coordinator of Civil Society for the Eradication of Tuberculosis, Mr. Salifu Nathaniel made the call at a Media engagement in Abuja.
A recent report from Global Fund highlights the urgent need to scale up adaptive measures to continue HIV, TB and malaria services, to ramp up delivery of critical supplies for the COVID-19 response and prevent health care systems from collapse.
Mr. Nathaniel who said to address gaps in the health system especially at the grassroots there was need for strategic interventions so as to ensure efficient and effective health outcomes explained that integrating the responses of health systems, communities and CSOs will go a long way to enable stakeholders contribute their quota in achieving the desired results across FCT.
According to Salifu “The RSSH component will contribute to making foundational changes by strengthening the health systems in Nigeria through targeted interventions that support the federal government to set policies, strategies and standards as well as plan, monitor, and review progress against those standards; governance and planning reforms that align with national policies, standards, and strategies to drive sustainable improvements to maximize impact on ATM (AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) and other diseases.”
Also speaking at the forum, the Monitoring and Evaluation officer FCT Agency for the Control of AIDS, Mrs. Zainab Ibrahim who commended the group for the intervention said the FCT administration would not relent in its effort to cooperate with advocacy groups such as the Civil Society for Malaria, Immunisation and Nutrition, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, among others in kicking out the diseases from communities in the territory.
While expressing optimism with the media engagement Mrs Ibrahim said the media remains a veritable tool for disseminating useful information that could educate the populace on interventions and expose lapses that required urgent attention.
On his part, the FCT programme officer, Civil Society for Malaria, Immunisation and , Mr. Samuel Simeon said the project was to support the Malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS network to implement the COVID-19 Response Mechanism as well as Resilient and sustainable system for Health Strengthening C19RM/RSSH in the FCT.
By Florence Adewale. Edited by Grace Namiji