MEDICAL OUTREACH TO ANAMBRA STATE
The National Agency for the control of AIDS (NACA) received funding from the federal Government of Nigeria to execute constituency projects. This fund is designed for Honourable Members of the House of Representatives to implement impactful projects in their communities.
NACA designed a framework that facilitates the mobilization of the communities to access medical care and at the same time raise awareness about HIV prevention, Treatment, Care and support services. The services provided during this project complement and synergies with existing medical programmes in the community.
- Promoting health Education in the communities with specific interest on HIV awareness
- Providing preventive messages to members of the communities
- Delivering surgical services to members of the communities
- Adopting a multi-diseases and HTS campaign intervention approach
Having a multi –disease campaign approach in mind, a team of health professionals were assembled to provide residents of Ukpor/ Nnewi Lga, Njioka/Anaocha LGA. In Anambra State and Egor/Ikopa, Oka LGA, Esan West/Esan Central /Igueben LGA/Akoko EdoState, Nigeria with free medical care and HIV Testing services (HTS).
The campaign that lasted for five days from Wednesday 7th - 11th of March, 2018 was initiated by Hon. Chukwuka W Onyema. (Member, Federal House of Representative) with technical support from the National Agency for the control of AIDS (NACA) and was implemented by OCDI.
The multi disease and HIV Testing services (HTS) campaign in Anambra state reached a total of 3,250 clients registered, counselled and tested for HIV, Malaria, Blood pressure (BP),Random Blood sugar (RBS),Body Temperature and Body Mass Index(BMI).Out of the 4,009 clients who registered to receive one service or the other 2,786 were tested, counselled and received results.64.90%. Female while 35.12 % Male. Most attendees (37.2%) fall between50 and above age group. The age groups 24-49yrs and 0-14 yrs. with 26% and 19% were the next highest proportion respectively. From the HTS campaign, 98.56% were negative while 1.44% was positive. Other ailment observed or diagnosed during the free medical outreach are as follows: Malaria 6% positivity, Hypertension approximately 5% positivity. Others are respiratory tract infections and Rheumatism.