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FG’s Partners Commit $100 Million To Re-base HIV Epidemic In Nigeria

FG’s Partners Commit $100 Million To Re-base HIV Epidemic In Nigeria

The federal government’s partners in the fight against HIV/AIDS have set aside $100 million to conduct a national survey to rebase the HIV epidemic in Nigeria. This was disclosed by the Country Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Erasmus Morah on Sunday in Abuja.

He said the most support for the survey would come from the United States Government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

According to him, available data showed that Nigeria has about 3.2 million people living with HIV, with a prevalence of about 3.2 percent.

“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.

“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.

Mr. Morah said the survey would be conducted in 2018 and UNAIDS was providing support to Nigeria to own and sustain funding the HIV response.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent commitment to maintain 60,000 people living with HIV on treatment.

Meanwhile, President Buhari’s 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, Sani Aliyu.

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Nigeria Info FM

October 30th, 2017

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