ABSACA’S BALANCED STRATEGY IN CONTROLLING HIV/AIDS IN ABIA
As part of his resolve to make great impact in the healthcare sector by improving the life expectancy of Abians, the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has done much in many sub-sectors of health including the Abia State Agency for Control of HIV/AIDS (ABSACA). He has repositioned the Agency and made it an arrowhead amongst its kind. About two years ago, the Governor appointed Dr. Ajike Eme Kalu as the Project Manager/Executive Secretary of Abia State Agency for Control of HIV/AIDS (ABSACA) to coordinate the activities of the Agency and take it to a higher level.
The Abia State Agency for Control of AIDS (ABSACA) is popularly known to be coordinating agency of HIV that coordinates all activities of HIV programme in the State. The mandate of ABSACA is to make sure that the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is dragged to the lowest possible. In line with its mandate, the Governor through the Agency has reduced the HIV/AIDS prevalence in Abia State from 3.9 to 2.1.
The Governor has within this period of time turned around the fortunes of the Agency for good and made Abia a leading SACA state in the whole federation with tangible positive impacts. Some of the various strategies employed include what ABSACA calls 95, 95, 95 Target. This strategy means ensuring that 95% of people have comprehensive information on HIV/AIDS, 95% who are tested positive gets counselled and referred for care, and 95% of them who gets the care are finally suppressed.
This Agency has been doing a whole lot to ensure that the sensitization on HIV/AIDS related developments gets to the people. It does this through her door-to-door campaigns and one-on-one interactive orientation with the populace including those in rural communities.