Federal Government’s partners with UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in the fight against HIV/AIDS have set aside US$100 million to conduct a national survey to rebase the HIV epidemic in Nigeria.
Dr Erasmus Morah, Country Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), made on Sunday, October, 30 in Abuja.
He said that more support would come from the United States Government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS (UNAIDS), Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Morah said available data showed that Nigeria has about 3.2 million people living with HIV, with a prevalence of about 3.2 per cent.
“Some people feel that Nigeria doesn’t have as many as 3.2 million people living with HIV, while others feel that more than 3.2 million people are living with HIV in Nigeria.
In his word, “We need to take a closer look at the HIV prevalence in Nigeria. A national survey will tell us the exact prevalence in the country.’’
He said that UNAIDS was providing support to Nigeria to own and sustain funding the HIV response.
Morah commended the president for his recent commitment to maintain 60,000 people living with HIV on treatment.
He also commended the efforts of the president to care for additional 50,000 people on treatment each year, using domestic resources, as part of Nigeria’s HIV Fast Track plan.
President Buhari’s groundbreaking commitment to care for additional 50,000 people was made in a statement issued on his behalf by the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr Sani Aliyu.
He made the statement during the side-event on the HIV Fast Track at the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York.
“I envision a situation in future where the Nigerian government will be paying for Antiretroviral drugs, test kits and other consumables that its citizens rely on to remain alive, healthy and productive,” he said.
Morah said the survey would be conducted in 2018.