Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:06 pm
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on
Adewole disclosed this during the presidential unveiling of the 2018 Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) result at the Banquet Hall of Aso Rock, Presidential villa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the goal of the survey was to examine the distribution of HIV disease and commodities in Nigeria and assess the coverage.
Also to ascertain the impact of HIV services on the population level
The survey was conducted within nine months as it commenced June through December 2018 in the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory.
The result of the survey presented stated that HIV prevalence estimates varied across Nigeria with the highest prevalence in South South zone and the lowest prevalence in North West zone.
The survey presented for each geopolitical zone in the country for prevalence among persons age 15-64 years reads: North Central 2.1 per cent; North East 1.1 per cent; North West 0.6 per cent; South East 1.9 per cent; South-South 3.1 per cent, and South West 1.2 per cent.
Also, it was reported that almost half of people living with HIV in Nigeria achieved viral suppression.
Adewole said this improvement was possible due to the huge committee
He said that South Africa, India and Mozambique were ranked ahead of Nigeria with the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS.
According to him, the results of this survey will guide and
“I want to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari, public and
“I want to also seize this opportunity to pay tribute to those who died during the process of the survey.
“Nigeria has moved from being the second country with the highest
“From the 1.9 million Nigerians, over 1 million are currently on the
Dr Sani Aliyu, the Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), said that the generated survey would be taken to
He said the survey was the best in the world because of
According to him, NAIIS is the largest HIV/
He noted that the U.S had also assisted the organisation in its goal
“We will ensure that we focus our efforts on ensuring those
“We truly appreciate the effort of organisations which have supported this survey and made it a reality, we look forward to more collaboration to ensure we achieve 2030 target of eradicating the epidemic.
“I appreciate Mr President for adequate funding of the survey which
“Also, we thank the United States of America for assisting us to ensure our goals are achieved,” he said.
Aliyu assured that the survey would provide programme managers
He said this would guide the
Mr Michel Sidibe, the Executive Director, Joint United Nations