President Muhammadu Buhari has launched Nigeria’s 2018 HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) Results.
While launching the results at the presidential Villa Abuja , the President observed that the survey would provide government with appropriate information that would enable the country beat the 2030 target of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
‘For the first time, the end of AIDS as a Public health threat by 2030 is truly in sight for our country, I urge all of us not to relent but to increase the momentum. Let us work collectively and push to the last mile’I urge us all to work together to ensure that we deliver ahead of 2030,” he said.
According to president Buhari the survey provides high- quality data on HIV prevalence, incidence and other HIV related health indices.
“This result will provide the government with information to move forward in the HIV fight based on scientific data. We are already a step ahead in this regard.“However, we cannot celebrate yet as we are more committed to ensuring that more people are placed on treatment.”
The President also commended all the development partners, the Media and all Nigerians, for their significant contributions towards the successful outcome of the survey.
The Minister of Health, said HIV/AIDs remained a persistent threat to the health of Nigerians and compromised past developmental gains especially in the area of Maternal and under five moralities.
“I am happy to inform Mr. President and fellow Nigerians that going forward, the result of this survey will guide and inform government policies, strategies and programme on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C in her bid to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target”
According to him available evidence showed that the HIV/ AIDS epidemic in Nigeria had reduced , however, the total number affected by the disease was still high, due to the high Nigerian population.
“We are confidence that with excellent initiatives like the Saving One Million Lives Project (SMOL) and the Basic Health Care Provision Fund, we would be able to cushion the effect of the disease through the provision of free Antenatal Care (ANC) and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMCT)”
On his part, the Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr. Sani Aliyu said that it was important for all people living with HIV to get into treatment and achieve viral suppression.
‘To halt the epidemic we need to act now. As a government, working with our partners, we have what it takes to support persons who are HIV positive to provide treatment, protect their families and to help people leave long and healthy lives’
Also speaking, the Executive Director, UNAIDS, Micheal Sidibe, commended Nigerian government and all its partners for conducting the Survey that provided a better understanding of the country’s AIDS epidemic. According to him ‘It is a fantastic news that there are fewer people living with HIV in Nigeria than previously thought, we must not let down our guard’
He advised that the results of the Survey should be used for better delivery of HIV prevention, treatment and care service to people in greatest needs, and ensure that Nigeria got on tract to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
The HIV/AIDS Indicator Survey was conducted by the Federal Ministry of Health, National Agency for Control of AIDS and other Development Partners in 2018 to ascertain the level of HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis B and C in Nigeria.