An NGO, Family Health International (fhi 360), in Jigawa on Monday said it trained 1,020 health workers on HIV and AIDS drug administration in the state.

Dr Muhammad Bello, the organisation’s acting Manager, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse that participants were trained on how to administer HIV test on pregnant women.

Bello said that the health workers were also trained on how to carry out tests on new born babies and the general public.

He said that the training was organised in collaboration with the state Ministry of Health and the State Action Committee on AIDS (JISACA).

The manager said the participants also received training on drug administration on HIV victims and babies born with the disease, data recording and counselling.

Bello said the workers were drawn from 26 primary health care facilities across the five emirate councils in the state.

He explained that the gesture was to upgrade the health facilities in HIV test and counselling centres.

Bello added that the action was to enhance access to quality HIV screening and counselling services by pregnant women in rural areas.

The manager said the beneficiaries of the training included heads of the health care facilities, pharmacists and midwives.

He said the organisation had provided the health facilities with hand gloves, test kit and record books for smooth conduct of the exercise.

Bello, however, urged people in the area, especially pregnant women to visit the centres, to access quality HIV care services. (NAN)

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