Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Buhari Seeks Private Sector Funds For Efforts To Combat HIV/AIDS

Buhari Seeks Private Sector Funds For Efforts To Combat HIV/AIDS

The new data differentiate HIV prevalence by state, indicating an epidemic that is having a greater impact in certain areas of the country.

It states that while the North-West has the lowest prevalence rate at 0.6 per cent, the South-South geopolitical zone has the highest with 3.1 per cent.

The NAIIS revealed Nigeria had fewer people living with HIV than previously estimated.

Adewole said this improvement was possible due to the huge committee the present administration had channelled towards the eradication of the disease.

The survey, which is the largest HIV survey in the world, reached more than 250,000 respondents in almost 100,000 households in the 774 local government areas of the country.

Latest statistics by the Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) has indicated that about 1.9 million Nigerians are living with HIV/AIDS in the country.

"I want to also seize this opportunity to pay tribute to those who died during the process of the survey".

According to the NAIIS results, 1.9 million people are presently living with the virus in the country. The new national HIV prevalence measure is estimated at 1.4% and is more accurate than those previously conducted, as it is based on an expanded surveillance system and a revised and enhanced methodology, a USA government official has said.

Also speaking on the survey, Dr Sani Aliyu, Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) noted that the data from the survey would greatly position the country to met the set target of ending the epidemic by 2030.

He said the survey was the best in the world because of the non-interference policy employed and the use of better quality laboratories. The NAIIS directly measured HIV prevalence and viral load suppression and was primarily funded by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

"We know with our new data, we can be more focused, we can really go to where the epidemic is and be more efficient in term of utilisation of resources and have a better return on what will be invested in this fight", Sidibe said.

She said the measure would ensure treatment of women living with the disease to have babies free of HIV and AIDS.

"Today is a critical turning point in Nigeria for an HIV epidemic that has killed many of our countrymen and women". Nigeria has made good progress in scaling up HIV treatment and prevention services in recent years. She made the call during a courtesy visit by Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), on Thursday, 14 March, 2019 at the State House, Abuja.

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