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HIV Epidemic Looms In C’River

HIV scourge looms in Cross River State following the disappearance of a giant generator donated by PROHealth organization to power HIV/ AIDS equipment at the Primary Health Care centre in EkpoAbasi in Calabar South local government.

The generator was donated for powering CD 4 Count Machines which are installed at the centre for the diagnose of blood specimen for HIV stages 1, 2, and 3 patients to enable medical personnel to know the treatment to be administer on them. Sources said the equipment and the generator were donated to the state government due to the increasing numbers of patients with HIV/AIDS infections in the state.

It was gathered that many patients were alleged to have died because of the problem and the only way was for the test to be conducted with such machine and drugs prescribed accodingly but after the machines were fixed another problem was that of power which necessitated the donation of the generator by the NGO.

However, this dream could not be achieved as the machines could not be used effctively due to the epileptic power supply and the brand new generator that would have served as a substitute is nowhere to be found.

Besides, the generator, other equipment and other facilities, according to our investigations that were also donated to the government by the PRO-Health organization have developed wings. It was also gathered that the vandals had also made attempts to steal the air conditioner that were installed in the room where most of the equipment are kept.

The source said the attempt failed “ when we got there we found even the cables were assembled to be taken away abandoned by the theives”. The equipment and the generators as well as other facilities were kept at Primary Health Care centre in EkpoAbasi in Calabar South local government area. Interestingly, pregnant women, mothers   and other members of the public patronise the health facilities to obtain their health needs including the test for the HIV/AIDS status.

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