A District Head becomes an Advocate of Community PMTCT
Sundimina town is approximately 85km from Birnin Kudu town within B/Kudu LGA of Jigawa State. A rising jewel city in Northern Nigeria. Peaceful and captivating from its vast reservoir of rice farms and home of the Hadejia-Jama’are river basin. On the 11th day of December 2013, financial support from the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) got to Sundumina community. The technical assistance team from FHI 360’s SIDHAS Project arrived Sundumina district to support the commencement of HIV/AIDS services in yet another health facility. The goal was to equip the facility with the skills and resources needed to provide prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT)”of HIV services for all pregnant women in that community. Sundumina, a bustling village was a beehive of activities as the news of the arrival of the SIDHAS project team got to all nearby villages in the locality. Men, women and children all headed to the local palace to heed the call of the District Head, Alhaji Mohammed Garba Miga. The District Head recounts the days event:
“The day turned out to be a memorable one for my people and other surrounding communities. I welcomed the team of medical experts from FHI 360 and appreciated the efforts of the SIDHAS project team in bringing HIV/AIDS services to the doorsteps of my subjects. A town messenger had earlier intimated me of the developments going on in the entire Jigawa State and my happiness knew no bound as my district was chosen as one of those granted this honor. I had summoned all my ward heads (mai anguwas & dagattais) to meet the noble visitors who it seems have brought in a fresh beginning for the people of Sundimina. I had consequently asked the wards heads and my people to be present when my visitors arrived.
I am particularly elated with the work of FHI 360, having seen their work when I was a civil servant in Gumel some years back. And the thought of finally having such lifesaving interventions extended to my village was more than I had hoped for. Imagine a district free of HIV under my Watch! Such a story would be told for years to come in my domain. I welcome you and promise you all the necessary support you need to bring down the scourge of this illness. To begin to look into the future, we need to improve upon the present.”
The District head of Sundumina, Alhaji Mohammed Garba Miga, declared himself “an advocate of community PMTCT” in his territory. Additionally, he urged all ward heads (Daggatai) and Chairman-Fulani Cattle Breeders in Sundumina locality to disseminate the information on the availability of PMTCT services at the newly activated Primary Health Care Center (PHC). With the zeal and support displayed by the Royal Father, the women of Sundimina rejoiced that a “chance had been given to many more children to be born HIV free in Sundimina town.”