'Nigeria, fourth country with highest HIV/AIDS victims'

Pearl Mccarthy
March 17, 2019

Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator & Impart Survey Results launched by President Mohammed Burahi at Aso Villa on Thursday has indicated that 1.9 million Nigerians now live with HIV, just as he said Nigeria can not still celebrate this.

The number of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria has dropped from 3.2million to 1.9million, a new report states.

"The Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey was created to provide the data we need to plan adequately and consolidate on the progress towards the elimination of HIV in Nigeria".

"Now that we have the data, I urge us all to work together to ensure that we deliver ahead of 2030".

Giving a further breakdown, the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Sani Aliyu, explained that the percentage of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Nigeria, among the age group of 15-49 years, was 1.4 per cent (1.9 per cent among females and 0.9 per cent among males).

According to the survey, the seven states with high prevalence account for 50% of the overall estimated number of persons living with HIV in Nigeria.

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According to results from the survey conducted among adults between the age of 15 to 64 years across the six geo-graphical zone, the North Central zone follows closely with 2.1 per cent, while the South East zone is at 1.9 per cent.

He noted that the U.S had also assisted the organisation in its goal of eradicating AIDS in the country as it supported Nigeria with $70 million to undertake the survey. Buhari said his government, since assumption of office, has paid particular and deliberate attention to careful planning as a way of implementing effective policies and achieving sustained change. To halt the epidemic, we need to act now. President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the reduction of the HIV/AIDS prevalence in the country.

"However, it is time for us to leverage on the result and ensure that no baby is born with HIV in Nigeria", he added.

"This survey is good news, because it is showing clearly that we have less people infected with HIV, less cases of new infection and less death due to HIV". "As a government working with our partners, we have what it takes to support people who are HIV-positive, to provide treatment, to protect their families and to help people live long and healthy lives". She made the call during a courtesy visit by Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), on Thursday, 14 March, 2019 at the State House, Abuja. The survey reached around 220 000 people in about 100 000 households.

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