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Accelerating COVID-19 vaccination uptake among Folks Residing with HIV in Nigeria

by Good News

Good News – Abuja, 21 December 2021- The emergence of the COVID 19 omicron variant, has persevered to rage, with attendant penalties. The notify is posing an glorious greater stress on development with ending AIDS, disrupting HIV prevention and medicine products and services, education, violence prevention programmes and more.Valorous motion to stay COVID 19, mitigate its influence on the global agenda for ending AIDS while getting ready for future pandemics is pressing. “There may be a pressing accept as true with to take care of the inequalities fueling the twin pandemics of HIV and COVID-19 at the side of stronger enhance for neighborhood-led responses, policies driven by science and records, elevated funding in the HIV response and, striking HIV at the center of pandemic preparedness and response”, mentioned Caroline Olwande, the Advisor World Fund/PEPFAR of  UNAIDS. “Partnerships between the Authorities of Nigeria, Vogue companions, Civil Society actors at the side of communities of Folks Residing with HIV (PLHIV) are central to success”, she persevered. The Community of PLHIV in Nigeria in partnership and collaboration with the Joint United Worldwide locations Program on HIV/AIDS, thru WHO and UNAIDS, kicked off a sensitization and mobilization order for elevated COVID-19 vaccinations among PLHIV thru its network enhance groups. While receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in Abuja as of late, twenty-three hundred and sixty five days-former John Audu who used to be born with HIV narrated that he advocates for COVID-19 vaccine apart from to HIV attempting out in his college and neighborhood. John is currently in the College and aspires to be a medical practitioner in the long term totally to abet of us residing with HIV (PLHIV) and to curtail mother to child transmission. John draws day by day inspiration from his personal trip to enhance HIV prevention efforts in Nigeria. “I wish to bid of us about this virus to abet slice mother to child transmission especially with the discrimination we are going thru. Folks love me haven’t any fault at all but no longer all and sundry understands,” he mentioned.  Admire many PLHIV, John used to be hesitant to retract the COVID-19 vaccine but used to be convinced after attending the sensitization classes organized by NEPWHAN, UNAIDS and WHO.There accept as true with been stories of apprehension and vaccine hesitancy among PLHIV on account of considerations on safety and capability detrimental effects on their already compromised immune attach and interactions with antiretroviral medication (ART), compromising their medication outcomes. Thru the sensitization classes which accept as true with been cascaded to the speak stage, before every little thing focusing on 15 states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Kano, Kaduna, Edo, Gombe, Borno, Sokoto and Bauchi, there has been elevated awareness of safety among PLHIV ensuing in willingness to retract the COVID 19 vaccine. “There used to be low awareness. Relatively just a few PLHIV weren’t privy to the importance of the vaccine. Most of them didn’t even know they are purported to retract it. There used to be diverse hesitancy previous to we started these activities” mentioned Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim the National Coordinator of NEPWHAN. “I’m contented that we are in a speak to persuade most of our contributors referring to the COVID-19 vaccination. I will issue you that over 90% of PLHIV in Nigeria accept as true with accredited and taken the vaccine. Now we accept as true with handiest reasonably of left now. That is all made capability with the enhance of WHO” he added. There are currently 1.8 million PLHIV in Nigeria, 1.5 million of whom are on lifestyles saving antiretroviral ART. Since COVID 19 vaccination started early in 2021, greater than 3%  of the eligible inhabitants has been absolutely vaccinated. Joshua Badmus a 24-three hundred and sixty five days-former student born with HIV also narrates his ordeal: “I’m the first child out of four and the handiest HIV definite child. My fogeys obtained to get out about their attach after I was born so that they made definite they invent no longer accept as true with any different definite child. All my siblings are detrimental”. Joshua narrated further that his family accept as true with been also hesitant to retract the COVID-19 vaccine but accept as true with been at closing convinced when they accept as true with been sensitized by the NEPWHAN associates. Joshua now understands the importance of the vaccine and is map to make certain that others residing with HIV also earnings. “I wish to name on of us especially moms to make certain that that they get tested at any time when they are pregnant to stop mother to child transmission. This virus we accept as true with is totally avoidable. We must quiet also invent greater in taking the COVID-19 vaccine as we are at a greater risk on account of compromised immunity”, he mentioned. PLHIV can accept as true with a greater occurrence of the identified risk components for COVID-19 acquisition and considerations, much like heart illness, kidney illness, diabetes, continual pulmonary illness, obesity, apart from to, different comorbidities and co-infections, love tuberculosis. Medical info suggest that the risk of increasing severe or fatal COVID-19 used to be 30% greater in PLHIV when compared with of us with out HIV infection. All vaccines currently on the market may more than likely furthermore even be extinct safely among of us residing with HIV regardless of CD4 depend and/or viral load suppression attach. Technical Contact:Dr Anne Jean Baptiste; Email: jeana who.int

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