.Enacts law to make HIV, Genotype test compulsory before marriage
SELYA YARNAP, Bauchi
Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (BACATMA) has distributed Anti-Malarial drugs, test kits and other medical consumables to 222 primary and secondary health facilities in the state.
A statement by the Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr. Mansur Dada, said that the Bauchi State government commenced the distribution of the drugs for the months of July and August to the health facilities to the health facilities across the 20 local government areas of the state.
The statement stated that the drugs were supplied with support from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM).
According to the statement, “these drugs will be distributed through a contracted 3rd party Vendor from the State Store directly to the Health Facilities (Last Mile Distribution) with notification and involvement of the LGA PHC Department and the Community leaders of the concerned Health Facility to ensure judicious utilisation by the targeted communities” .
Dr Dada revealed that the drugs to be distributed include; 75,210 doses of Artemisinin based combination Theraphy (ACT), 13,100 doses of Suphodoxine Pyrimethamine (SP), 98,000 Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Kits (RDT), 11,000 vials of Artesunate Injection and 1,035 packets of Hand Gloves.
“This is part of the routine distribution to ensure continuous availability of Malaria drugs and commodities in our health facilities. This is helping Bauchi State in reducing the burden of Malaria as well as reducing the morbidity and mortality from Malaria,” and restated in the statement that the drugs and testing kits are to be used free to treat patients.
According to him, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Global Health Supply Chain-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project implemented by Chemonics International and Catholic Relief Services will provide the state with the logistic support to ensure efficient distribution and utilisation through Direct Data Information Capture (DDIC).
The Executive Secretary of the agency then thanked Global Fund to fight AIDS TB and Malaria (GFATM), USAID, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Chemonics International for supporting the state.
Meanwhile, the state government has passed a law which will compel intending couples to conduct HIV and Genotype test before marriage.
This was revealed at a meeting of stakeholders held Thursday at the Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS Tuberculosis /Leprosy and Malaria (BACATMA) .
The titled of the law “A Law to provide for compulsory HIV/AIDS and Genotype test before marriage and to prohibit stigmatisation /Discrimination of HIV/AIDS victims and for other related purposes connected thereto” was enacted by the Bauchi State House of Assembly.
Quoted as ‘Bauchi State Compulsory Genotype, HIV Test, Anti-Discrimination Law 2017 will come into operation on April 12, 2017.
According to a document distributed at the meeting, the purpose of the law was to protect the rights and dignity of intending couples, people living with HIV or affected by AIDS and Sickle Cell disease.
Also, the law al stipulates that Parents and Guardians must submit their Children and wards to HIV and Genotype tests and must disclose their status before marrying them off.
The law seeks to eliminate all forms of discrimination based on HIV or Genotype as well as provide supporting environment to people living with HIV or Sickle Cell to live normal lives and it also carries various penalties for violators of any of its provisions.
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