US-CDC supports Rivers with integrated HIV, TB, COVID-19 screening

The Country Director of the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Mary Boyd, has said the triple epidemic of human immunodeficiency virus, Tuberculosis, and COVID-19 poses a challenge and an opportunity.

Boyd, in a statement, said the challenge was that all the three diseases were relentless, damaging, and continue to cost countless lives in communities.

She was quoted to have spoken during the inauguration of the Rivers State Integrated screening and service delivery for TB, HIV, and COVID-19, in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday.

“However, because detection, treatment, and prevention exist and are readily available to us right here and right now, we have an opportunity to respond and save many lives.

“While we battle the COVID-19 pandemic, other disease outbreaks didn’t give us a break; instead, the intensity of cholera and environmental polio in Nigeria soared higher than we’ve experienced in years.

“It reminds us that these devastating health threats are unpredictable, and even worse, if we are not ready to respond with agility.”  Integrating screening and service delivery for COVID-19, HIV, and TB in Rivers State will also strengthen the health system to detect and respond robustly to emerging outbreaks while putting the patient at the centre of health care service delivery,” Boyd said.

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