End of HIV/Aids in Sight in Nigeria

Maricruz Casares
Marcha 17, 2019

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"I want to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari, public and private organisations, the U.S. Government that supported the survey and Nigerians for their cooperation during the survey". Nigeria has made good progress in scaling up HIV treatment and prevention services in recent years.

The president, however, said that to end AIDs, Nigeria needs a more coordinated and funded response.

He urged all stakeholders to redouble efforts in ending the menace. "Let us, therefore, work collectively and push for the last mile", he said.

He stated this on Wednesday when he attended the announcement of the Nigeria HIV/AIDS indicator and impact Survey results in Abuja.

Sidibe said the delegation came at a time Nigeria was conducting a national survey on HIV response, adding that the survey would help in tackling the epidemic.

"I commend the Government of Nigeria and its partners for conducting this ambitious survey, which provides us with a much better understanding of the country's HIV epidemic", said Mr Sidibé.

"While it is fantastic news that there are fewer people living with HIV in Nigeria than previously thought, we must not let down our guard". According to him, the new data shows that the HIV epidemic was greater in some parts of the country and minimal in others. Significant efforts have been made in recent years to stop new HIV infections among children. Before now, about 3.2 million people were estimated to be living with the virus in Nigeria, ranking second after South Africa which ranks first with about 7.1 million people living with HIV. When people living with HIV are virally suppressed they remain healthy and transmission of the virus is prevented.

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He said the survey also revealed that HIV prevalence was highest among females than males.

The survey, which puts the National Prevalence of HIV dropping from 3.0 per cent in 2014 to 1.4 per cent has Akwa Ibom taken over from Benue as worst affected state by HIV.

"The Nigeria National HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) findings provide Nigeria with an accurate national HIV prevalence measure of 1.4%".

He said the federal government was determined to progressively add 50,000 Nigerians on treatment of the virus every year using government resources.

"Also, we thank the United States of America for assisting us to ensure our goals are achieved", he said.

Before the commencement of the survey, about three million Nigerians were estimated to be living with HIV and about 1.1 million of them now receiving treatment.

"An estimated 1.9 million Nigerians are now living with HIV with about one million persons on treatment".

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