HIV/AIDS: FG Announces Payment And Increased Counterpart Funding
The federal government has announced the payment and an increase in its global counterpart funding for HIV/AIDS.
The Minister of health, Dr Ehanire Osagie,who stated this in Abuja at the Ministerial Briefing as part of activities to mark this year’s World Aids Day.
He noted that HIV prevention and treatment initiatives needed to be sustained and the momentum increased if Nigeria and the global community were to stay on track to end AIDS by 2030.
“The onus is on us to ensure that we pay adequate attention and commit sufficient resources to both prevention and treatment.”
According to the minister” Our country is committed to redoubling efforts to reduce new HIV infections by mobilising additional resources, redesigning and strengthening prevention programme activities.
“Successive governments in Nigeria, with the support of partners and other stakeholders, have made significant efforts to control the HIV epidemic by providing quality care and treatment interventions and also by promoting the prevention of new infections.”the minister said.
The National Coordinator of the Network of People living with HIV in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), Abdukadir Ibrahim, stressed the need for the federal government to prioritize issues of HIV/AIDS in the country.
Abdukadir Ibrahim who commended the American government for the funds and programmes on HIV, appealed to the federal and state government to support NEPWHAN especially in the area of access to medications.
The Director General, National Agency for the Control of Aids, Dr. Aliyu Gambo, said there was the need to take HIV campaigns to the communities.
“We need everyone to be encouraged to know their HIV status and do something about it,” he said.
On his part ,the Executive Secretary, Country Coordinating Mechanism, Global Fund, Mr. Dozie Ezechukwu, said that the celebration of World Aids Day was to celebrate achievements recorded over the years.
“I believe that all of us as members of communities, we would ensure that in all our policies, all our programmes, all our decisions, remain at the centre of our discussion and our response”
The theme for this year is “Communities make the difference” and it was specially selected to recognise the essential role communities play in the AIDS response at international, national and at the local levels.