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Buhari unveils Nigeria's AIDS indicator, impact survey results

17 March 2019

According to him, this is an improvement to what was obtained in 2014, when the country was estimated to have 3.1 million people living with the virus in the country.

Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole stated that although HIV HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria has contracted, the total number of people affected by the disease is still huge based on our population.

The Nigeria aids indicator and impact survey is the largest single one ever done in the world.

He noted that the U.S had also assisted the organisation in its goal of eradicating AIDS in the country as it supported Nigeria with $70 million to undertake the survey. "According to the NAIIS results, the HIV prevalence in Nigeria is lower than previously thought, allowing the country to focus on providing services to the areas of greatest need to control the HIV epidemic..."

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Mr Aliyu said it is important for all people living with HIV to get treatment and achieve viral suppression. "We know we can support HIV-positive mothers, hence ensuring the next generation is free from HIV".

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the private sector to provide funds for HIV/AIDS-related activities.

"For the first time, the end of AIDs as a public threat by 2030 is truly in sight for our country".

He urged all stakeholders to redouble efforts in ending the menace.

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Dr Sani Aliyu, the Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), said that the generated survey would be taken to state governors who would be advised to latch on it to curb the HIV/AIDS epidemic in their states. Among children aged 0-14 years, HIV prevalence according to the new data is 0.2%.

He said that South Africa, India and Mozambique were ranked ahead of Nigeria with the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS. This, she said, will enable her to contribute more towards ensuring that no child is born with HIV in Nigeria. Let us, therefore, work collectively and push for the last mile.

The report also adds that the North-West has the lowest AIDS prevalence rate at 0.6 per cent, while the South-South geopolitical zone has the highest at 3.1 per cent.

He said availability of accurate and reliable HIV data for the country was crucial for planning effective health intervention to arrest the HIV epidemic and ultimately rid the country of this health threat.

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The survey was conducted within nine months as it commenced June through December 2018 in the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory. Buhari reminded the gathering of an earlier commitment he made at the UN General Assembly in 2017 to progressively add 50,000 Nigerians on treatment every year using government resources.

Buhari unveils Nigeria's AIDS indicator, impact survey results