On the 13th of November, 2014 Nigeria launched the National “elimination of Mother-To-Child- HIV transmission (eMTCT) operational plan at the International Conference Center, Abuja.
The operational plan (2015-2016) was launched by President (Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan), who has reiterated that no Nigerian child should be born of HIV. He was represented by the Vice President of Nigeria (Arch. Namadi Sambo).
An operational plan such as this is commendable , as Nigeria currently accounts for about 30% gap in Mother-To-Child-Transmissions globally; a yawning gap that begs for speedy intervention as we work towards an AIDS free generation.
Prevention of Mother-To-Child transmissions (PMTCT) in Nigeria has recorded some level of success, most notably the reduction of prevalence rate from 5.8 per cent in 2001 to 4.1 per cent in 2010, however more needs to be done.
Some of the factors mitigating against PMTCT in Nigeria include : structural challenges, inadequate services at Primary Health Care level, many pregnant women choosing to visit traditional birth attendants for delivery services, and poor attendance of pregnant women at antenatal services etc.
We look forward to the implementation of the operational plan, because it would definitely put Nigeria on the map of countries championing their HIV/AIDS response.
We will keep you updated on the implementation of the operational plan.