TOWN HALL MEETING ON HIV/AIDS

The Director-General, National Agency for Control of AIDS, Sani Aliyu, in his remark said Nigeria now has about 1.1 million Nigerians on treatment for HIV.
Mr Aliyu admitted 95 per cent of those on treatment are predominately funded by the U.S. government and Global Funds but said the Nigeria government is not comfortable with the situation and is committed to changing those figures.

“This is a huge number. Most of them are doing very well, they are able to access their treatment, they are able to go out and look after their families by bringing bread to the table and they are living a normal life. All thanks to the availability of treatment,” he said about those living with the disease.
The DG said in other to change the narrative, the media needs to improve on its advocacy and get more state governments to invest in the cause.
He said the fight against HIV and putting more people living with the disease on treatment would be achievable if state governments fund HIV programmes in their states.
“We have to invest in HIV treatment. Globally, the rest of the world is moving on and people are placed on treatment, so it should not be a problem for Nigeria.
“We want the state governments to implement the cost of HIV programmes in their budget. It was agreed that one per cent of their monthly federal allocation will go to HIV treatment. If this is done, the fight against the disease would improve tremendously,” he said.
Prince Joseph Eze.

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