By toyboy07 • 15th Mar 2019 • 42 views • 7 comments

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday unveiled the Nigeria HIV/AIDS

Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) report, saying the end of the

disease was in sight in the country.

Unveiling the NAIIS at the Presidential Villa Abuja, he said the

availability of accurate and reliable HIV data for the country was crucial

for planning effective health interventions to arrest the HIV epidemic

and ultimately rid the country of this health threat.

"The Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey was designed to provide

the data we need to plan adequately and consolidate on the progress

towards the elimination of HIV in Nigeria.

"The official HIV prevalence for persons aged 15-49 years in Nigeria is

now 1.4 percent. An estimated 1.9 million Nigerians are now living with

HIV with about one million persons on treatment.

"I am delighted that these more accurate figures indicate that fewer

Nigerians are affected by HIV. However, we cannot celebrate yet, as

almost a million Nigerians living with HIV are currently not on

treatment. Now that we have data that will help us target for impact, I

urge all of us not to relent in this fight, but to increase the momentum

in a concerted effort to end the epidemic ahead of 2030.

"Today is a critical turning point in Nigeria for an HIV epidemic that has

killed many of our countrymen and women. The end of AIDS as a public

health threat by 2030 is truly in sight for our country. Let us, therefore,

work collectively and push for the last mile," he said.

He directed NACA and the Federal Ministry of Health to undertake

detailed consultations and consensus building with key sectoral

Ministries, the legislature, governors of high prevalence states,

development partners and civil society to chart a new strategic path,

building on the results of the survey.

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