Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy in Freetown, Kathleen FitzGibbon, will tomorrow (Thursday May 8) hand over the Family Health Prevention Unit (FHPU) in Gondama, Bo District to the Ministry of Defence.
Minister of Defence, Rtd. Major Palo Conteh, is expected to attend the ceremony.
The U.S. Department of Defence HIV and AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) funded the construction and furnishing of the FHPU. The facility, according to a release from the U.S. Embassy, will cater for personnel under the 5 Brigade command and ease the diagnostic and treatment burden on the laboratory at the 34 Military Hospital in Freetown.
All facilities provided at the center, the release added, will be free for military personnel in that area.
The FHPU would focus mainly on HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and tuberculosis (TB) testing. Other minor services include hemoglobin (HB) and blood testing.