The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr. Sani Aliyu says the result of the National Survey of people living with HIV/AIDS will be out next year March.
The survey will characterize HIV incidence, prevalence, viral load suppression, CD4 T-cell distribution, and risk behaviors in a household-based, nationally-representative sample of the population of Nigeria, and will describe uptake of key HIV prevention, care, and treatment services.
The Director General who made this known in Abuja while briefing newsmen as part of activities to mark the 2018 World AIDS day celebration,said that the field works on the survey would be completed by December, 2018.
“The result of the survey will be out hopefully by March. We have done at least 75per cent of the 36 states in the federation. We are now in web 5 and 6 of the survey. And by the end of this week and early next week we will have only about 6 states left to go. And we expect the field work will finish by 21st of December.”
” There may be a need to do some cleaning up in early January. We are now dealing with states that have either difficult terrain or security concerns. So we are going on to Borno, Yobe, Zamfara and Benue. But you will get the results and the result will be interesting and it will provide us with more leverage to get more resources for the HIV programme,” Dr. Aliyu said.
According to the Director General ” The results will be interesting and it will provide the country with more leverage to get more resources for the HIV programme.”
He said the World AIDS Day, is an opportunity to remind the public of the importance of testing for HIV. Having a HIV test is an essential step towards accessing life-saving HIV treatment.
“As we progress towards putting everybody living with HIV in Nigeria on treatment, NACA will continue to push for increased resources to be dedicated for HIV prevention activities, which include improved access to HIV testing and widespread availability of self-test kits. Get a HIV test today, it may be the most important decision you take and could save your life”
On his part In his remarks, the National Coordinator, Nigeria AIDs/Sexually Transmitted Infections Control Programme, Ministry of Health, Mr. Araoye Segilola expressed concern that a key population in Nigeria are yet to know their HIV status.
The World Health Organization,WHO HIV/AIDS Adviser Dr Rex Mpazanje promised the organization’s commitment and support toward HIV/AIDS programme in Nigeria.
Also speaking the Executive Secretary, Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (CiSHAN) Dr Walter Ugwuocha observed that Nigeria hadmade significant progress with the HIV/AIDS response especially with the current leadership and coordination .
“It is worthy to note that the HIV national response now wears a new look of receiving Federal government attention and increased investment against what we had in the last three years.”he said.
‘Despite the achievements being enumerated by our colleagues which include the NAIIS, 0.5-1% budgetary allocation by the National Economic Council and others. There’s still exist germane challenges that if we don’t address as a nation, we will be left behind in 2030’he added.