March 19, 2019

Nigeria: “the end of HIV/Aids in sight”

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has said the trends reflected in the latest Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) report signal that the end of the disease is in sight in the country, reports African Daily Voice.

Buhari said the availability of accurate and reliable HIV data for the country is crucial for planning effective health interventions to arrest the HIV epidemic and ultimately rid the country off this health threat. “The Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey were designed to provide the data we need to plan adequately and consolidate on the progress towards the elimination of HIV in Nigeria.

The official HIV prevalence for persons aged 15-49 years in Nigeria is now 1.4 percent. An estimated 1.9 million Nigerians are now living with HIV with about one million persons on treatment.