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Nigeria: 1.6m Nigerians On Aids Therapy – NACA

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As Nigeria strikes to ramp up testing and therapy for HIV virus within the nation, the federal authorities has mentioned that an estimated 1,629,427 individuals dwelling with HIV have thus far been put beneath a daily therapy.

It additionally mentioned that out of about 150,000 kids contaminated with HIV, solely 80,000 are at the moment receiving common therapy.

Nonetheless, authorities mentioned regardless of the detrimental affect of the lockdown instituted as a public well being measure to curb the unfold of COVID-19 internationally, the HIV programme in Nigeria has proved resilient with a rise within the variety of individuals positioned on therapy.

The Director Common of the Nationwide Company for the Management of AIDS (NACA), Dr. Aliyu Gambo, who spoke at a ceremony marking this yr’s World AIDS Day on Wednesday, mentioned that presently, an estimated 1.eight million individuals stay with HIV in Nigeria of which 90% are conscious of their HIV standing, 96% are on therapy and 84% are virally suppressed.

He mentioned that out of this quantity,

based on the breakdown of the statistics of HIV carriers already captured beneath the therapy web, 57,280 are kids of 14 years and under, 551,106 are male grownup from 15 years and above, whereas 1,021,041 are feminine grownup from 15 and above.

Whereas addressing journalists, Gambo mentioned that Nigeria had over the previous few years recorded important progress within the struggle towards HIV/AIDS.

He mentioned {that a} recalibration of the HIV epidemic confirmed a major decline in HIV prevalence from 5.eight per cent in 2001 to 1.three per cent in 2018.

“Presently, it’s estimated that 1.eight million individuals stay with HIV in Nigeria of which 90% are conscious of their HIV standing, 96% are on therapy and 84% are virally suppressed,” he mentioned.

Sadly, Gambo mentioned that roughly 38 million persons are at the moment dwelling with HIV globally, whereas tens of millions have died of AIDS-related causes.

He lamented that many individuals dwelling with HIV or in danger for HIV an infection nonetheless do not need entry to prevention, therapy and care, and there may be nonetheless no identified treatment for HIV.

The worldwide theme for this yr’s commemoration is “Finish Inequalities, Finish AIDS, Finish Pandemics”.

Nonetheless, the nationwide theme is “Finish Inequalities, Finish AIDS by Sustainable HIV Financing in Nigeria”.

The Director Common mentioned that a number of actions have been lined up for this yr’s commemoration of the World AIDS Day which included road-walk from NACA Headquarters to Berger Roundabout, Jumat and thanksgiving providers on the nationwide mosque and 1st Baptist Church, Space 11, sports activities on the Guard Brigade Sport Centre and

adolescent and younger individuals occasion that includes debate amongst faculties within the FCT.

The controversy session, in addition to a scientific session, shall be hosted by the spouse of the president, Aisha Buhari, the UNAIDS Ambassador for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria at Transcorp Hilton on November 30 and December 1 respectively.

Gambo described the present marketing campaign because the final mile of the Nationwide HIV response, which is aimed toward getting the private and non-private sectors, the communities and all stakeholders within the nationwide response to play roles and to make sure epidemic management and sustainability.

In keeping with him, guaranteeing states’ possession and AIDS stay on the political agenda to beat all boundaries that forestall entry to providers, create an enabling atmosphere that promotes equal entry; safeguard the rights of PLHIV and maintain choice makers and implementers accountable.

He additional famous that current evidences of the mode of transmission research and Built-in Organic and Behavioural Surveillance Survey (IBBSS) aimed toward figuring out the supply and distribution of recent infections and the populations at biggest threat of an infection, “confirmed that by no means married people, all typology of the important thing populations and new infections from mom to little one transmission are the drivers of the epidemic”.

He mentioned that interventions should be focused at these inhabitants teams, including that evidences drive the programme.

Whereas giving a scenario report on the HIV management efforts, the Nationwide Coordinator of the Nationwide AIDS and STIs Management Programme (NASCP), Akudo Ikpeazu, mentioned that there was appreciable enchancment within the HIV testing and the variety of individuals dwelling with HIV that has been mobilised for therapy between final yr and now.

She mentioned that over 400,000 individuals have been introduced beneath the common HIV therapy programme within the final one yr.