Under the national HIV Program it shows more almost a million Nigerians are living with this and are not on treatment.
The President Muhammadu Buhari raised severe concerns over the report. The president noted that the report couldn’t have come at a better time.
He added that with the data, his administration would commence full implementation of the National Health Act. Which ensures all Nigerians have access to comprehensive health services.
The president further added, “The official HIV prevalence for persons aged 15-49 years in Nigeria is now 1.4%. An estimated 1.9 million Nigerians are now living with HIV with about one million persons on treatment.”
Noting the reduced number in the rate of the disease, he continued on to say; “However we cannot celebrate yet, as almost a million Nigerians living with HIV are currently not on treatment. Now we have data that will help us target for impact.”
He called on the private sector to provide funds for HIV/AIDS-related activities to support the efforts of the government.
“I also welcome the move by the Nigerian private sector to establish a National HIV Trust Fund in the coming months to support our goal of ensuring that all Nigerians have access to high-quality the treatment and prevention services. If we are to achieve epidemic control and end AIDS in Nigeria, we need a more coordinated and funded national response.”
The Federal Government launched the National AIDS Survey on June 28, 2018. To determine the true distribution of HIV/AIDS.
The survey, which is the largest survey in the world, reached more than 250,000 respondents in nearly 100,000 households in the 774 local government areas of the country.