The health intervention programme of the wife of Nigeria’s President, Aisha Buhari, 'Future Assured', has received a boost from a non-governmental organization.
The programme received a donation of 10,000 dual rapid test kits for the diagnosis of HIV and Syphilis from Alere Healthcare organization, to help alleviate complications associated with the ailments.
The test kits will be used to screen pregnant women to know their status for appropriate therapies that will eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis and infant mortality.
Receiving the donation at a brief ceremony at the Presidential Villa, Mrs Buhari said the donation will reduce the associated burden of a search for the cure of those diseases that pose a threat to the livelihood of women and children, who are most vulnerable in the society.
“My programme, the “Future Assured” initiative will ensure appropriate utilization of the kits among beneficiaries and our implementing agencies will be monitored and articulated for further action, in order to improve the well being of women and children in Nigeria,” she said.
The wife of the President commended the organization for its kind gesture, which she said would go a long way in enhancing the health status of Nigerians.
In her remarks, West Africa’s Regional Director of Alere Healthcare, Mrs Josephine Chukwuemeka, said their mission was to reach an additional 500,000 pregnant women, infants, adolescents and other vulnerable groups with screening and prevention services.