President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the private sector to provide funds for HIV/AIDS-related activities.
The President, who stated this on Wednesday when he attended the announcement of the Nigeria HIV/AIDS indicator and impact Survey results in Abuja noted that a lot of people are being infected with the virus and over a million don’t have access to the treatment and care.
He, therefore, urged all stakeholders to redouble efforts in ending the menace.
The event is being organised by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole and the National Agency for the control of Aids.
According to the results released today by the Federal Government, a national HIV prevalence in Nigeria of 1.4% among adults aged 15–49 years.
The previous estimates had indicated a national HIV prevalence of 2.8%. Also, UNAIDS and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS had estimated that there are 1.9 million people living with HIV in Nigeria.
Buhari described this as a welcomed development as there are fewer people living with HIV in the country than previously estimated and launched the Revised National HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework 2019–2021, which will guide the country’s future response to the epidemic.
Nigeria has made good progress in scaling up HIV treatment and prevention services in recent years.
According to the data released by the Nigeria National HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) are based on a revised and enhanced methodology.
The survey provides a clearer understanding of HIV epidemic in the country and shines a light on progress and the remaining gaps and challenges.