The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), has inaugurated its South-South zonal office, at Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.
This is part of efforts to decentralize its activities and ensure that its campaign gets to nooks and crannies of the country.
NACA is also on the process of setting up 5 other zonal offices in Gombe (North-East), Lagos (South-West), Abia (South-East), Nasarawa (North-Central) and Kano (North-West)
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Director-General of NACA, Dr. Gambo Aliyu, revealed that his agency’s determination to carry out its campaigns to the rural areas necessitated the decentralization of its activities.
The decentralization of NACA’s activities, Dr. Gambo, said, would boost campaigns at the grassroots, which will further ensure efficient service delivery and help reduce the spread of HIV by 2030.
According to him: ”We need to have zonal arrangements to translate HIV/AIDS information to action,” the Dr. Aliyu said.”
Speaking, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, said that the government’s decision to locate the office in Uyo was an attestation to its commitment to boost quality healthcare in the state.
He further assured that the state would maintain a cordial working relationship with the agency to stop the spread of AIDS in Akwa Ibom State.
On her part, Coordinator of the NACA in the zone, Dr.Uduak Daniel, said that the zonal office will enhance coordination of HIV/AIDS activities in the zone.
The new office will serve as the agency’s centre to coordinate HIV /AIDS response in all the South-South geopolitical states comprising Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Cross-Rivers.