Volume 7, Issue 5, September 2019, Page: 84-88
Key Considerations in Integrated HIV-TB Services in the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission: A focus on a Tertiary Health Facility in Lagos, Nigeria
Stellamaris Moronkeji, Department of Public Health, School of Public Health, Texila American University, Georgetown, Guyana South America
Ebenezer Obi Daniel, Department of Public Health, School of Public Health, Texila American University, Georgetown, Guyana South America
Adedoyin Ogunyemi, Department of Community Health and Primary Care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Ogunnaike Adewale Adeyemi, Department of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Public Health, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Onyezue Okechukwu Innocent, Department of Public Health, School of Public Health, Texila American University, Georgetown, Guyana South America
Osato Harriet Obasuyi, Department of Health Safety and Environmental Education, Faculty of Education, University of Benin, Benin, Nigeria
Israel Olukayode Popoola, Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
Received: Sep. 5, 2019;       Accepted: Sep. 24, 2019;       Published: Oct. 10, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ejpm.20190705.12      View  79      Downloads  16
Abstract
The need to prevent vertical transmission of HIV to a new born and the imperativeness of instituting a functional integrated HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) services across health facilities will be a landmark public health intervention that will improve the quality of life of millions. This survey is a descriptive study in which respondents (HIV positive pregnant women enrolled for the prevention of mother to child transmission service) were purposively selected based on consent to participate across multiple points at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. The 27 respondents participated in the study. About 50% of the respondents were between 18-30 years old with majority having secondary school education or more. The respondents are mostly married and generally knowledgeable about the mode of transmission of HIV/AIDS, TB and antiretrovirals. The major considerations cited by the respondents include; care beyond hospital settings by community health workers (home care and visitation), counseling, health education and promotion, TB screening while “increased stigma & discrimination” and “fear of meeting known persons” were identified as possible disadvantages. The survey revealed and highlighted the key considerations in implementing HIV-TB integrated services into the PMTCT services. Improved training for health workers for effective management of the increased work burden is recommended.
Keywords
Integrated Services, HIV, Tuberculosis (TB), PMTCT
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Stellamaris Moronkeji, Ebenezer Obi Daniel, Adedoyin Ogunyemi, Ogunnaike Adewale Adeyemi, Onyezue Okechukwu Innocent, Osato Harriet Obasuyi, Israel Olukayode Popoola, Key Considerations in Integrated HIV-TB Services in the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission: A focus on a Tertiary Health Facility in Lagos, Nigeria, European Journal of Preventive Medicine. Vol. 7, No. 5, 2019, pp. 84-88. doi: 10.11648/j.ejpm.20190705.12
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