Children’s Day: NACA Targets Zero Mother-to-Child Transmission

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The Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr Temitope Ilori, has disclosed the goal of the agency to achieve zero mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the nearest future.

Dr Ilori made this statement on the occasion of 2024 Children’s Day, usually commemorated on 27 May, in celebrating the invaluable treasure children represent worldwide and the immense responsibility everyone bear to ensure their health, happiness, and well-being.

With the theme for this year being, “For every child, every right”, the NACA boss explained the vision of the organisation to attain a nation where no child is born with HIV, as she urged all Nigerians to work towards achieving the goal together.

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She said ““Our goal is clear: to eliminate mother-to-child transmission entirely.

“This requires collaboration between government agencies, healthcare providers, and communities.

“By providing medication to pregnant women with HIV, promoting safe delivery practices, and supporting appropriate breastfeeding, we can protect our children from HIV.”

While Nigeria has made progress in reducing mother-to-child transmission, Ilori acknowledged there’s more work to be done. She noted that NACA works to ensure all pregnant women living with HIV receive proper care to prevent transmission to their babies.

She described the transmission of mother-to-child HIV as a critical health concern, which the agency is out to eliminate with all resources at its disposal, as every child has the right to good health and wellbeing.

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“NACA is dedicated to achieving the goal of zero mother-to-child transmission.

“We can prevent HIV in children by strengthening programmes that prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), we can ensure every child has the chance to grow up healthy”, she emphasized.

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