PARTNERS STRATEGIZES FOR QUALITY HIV TESTING SERVICES IN ONDO

Towards achieving vision 90-90-90 (90% of People Living with HIV knows their HIV status, 90% of people who knows their HIV-positive status  accesses treatment and 90% of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads. ) by 2030, the Institute of Human Virology-Nigeria through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USG PEPFAR funded project emphasized the need to strengthen quality management systems for HIV rapid testing, increase uptake, coverage and achieve impact as countries are moving towards test-and-treat strategies.

The Head, Clinical Laboratory Services| Equitable Health Access Initiative, Ganiyu Agboola stated this during a training on HIV Rapid Test Quality Improvement Initiative (RTQII) & Re- testing for PEPFAR supported sites across the state.

Corroborating his view, a facilitator from IHVN Abuja Ahunna Ugboaja, said the training is designed in a way that involves the State Quality Assurance team which were drawn from Ondo State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Ministry of Health, Hospitals’ Management Board , Primary Health Care Development Board , saddled with the responsibilities of HIV Testing points assessment & Testers Competency Assessment, DTS Production, Monthly Data Collection & DTS distribution to improve and strengthen quality management system for HIV rapid testing across all testing points and also meant to equip HIV Testers with the knowledge of Rapid Test Quality Improvement Initiative..

Dr. Adegbulu applauded the efforts of Implementing Partners for this great initiative and urged all stakeholders to adopt this strategy to aid Rapid Testing Quality Improvement Initiative in the state.