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Nigeria ranks fourth country in the world with highest HIV/AIDS victims

17 March 2019

He said that the new prevalence of HIV and AIDS according to the result gives an estimate of 1.9 million people living with HIV in Nigeria presently.

The Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) indicates that about 1.9 million Nigerians are now living with the disease, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has said.

"The Nigeria National HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) findings provide Nigeria with an accurate national HIV prevalence measure of 1.4%".

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.

Latest statistics by the Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) has indicated that about 1.9 million Nigerians are living with HIV/AIDS in the country.

"On behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, we'd like to express our profound gratitude to you and your organisation for the great cooperation extended to us to tackle this major health challenge", Onyeama said.

"We will ensure that we focus our efforts on ensuring those infected with HIV achieve viral suppression, minimising the risk of HIV transmission and moving Nigeria closer to controlling the HIV epidemic".

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.

She also encouraged government and relevant stakeholders to commit more resources to stem the epidemic among future generation of Nigerians.

"Today is a critical turning point in Nigeria for an HIV epidemic that has killed many of our countrymen and women". 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.

Dr Sani Aliyu, the Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), said that the generated survey would be taken to state governors who would be advised to latch on it to curb the HIV/AIDS epidemic in their states.

He assured that initiatives like the Saving One Million Lives project (SOML) and the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) would be able to cushion the effect of the disease through the provision of free ANC, PMTCT to pregnant women in addition to other services.

"This result is good news as it indicates a lower burden which will indicate new people on treatment". 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.

Nigeria ranks fourth country in the world with highest HIV/AIDS victims