Speaking at the unveiling of NAIIS, a national household-based survey on the prevalence of Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) and related health indicators, at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja, the president said, "we can not celebrate yet, as nearly a million Nigerians living with HIV are now not on treatment".
Akwa Ibom State in South South Nigeria, now has the highest AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) prevalence rate in Nigeria, according to the Nigerian HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS).
At the national level, viral suppression among people living with HIV aged 15-49 years stands at 42.3% (45.3% among women and 34.5% among men).
This figure places Nigeria fourth country with the highest HIV prevalence globally, coming after South Africa, India and Mozambique.
"I must also commend the efforts of scientist from Nigeria, U.S. University of Maryland, NAIIS team and all those who ensured that the survey was a success". "The official HIV prevalence for persons aged 15-49 years in Nigeria is now 1.4 per cent".
While unveiling the survey results, President Muhammadu Buhari said the goal to end AIDs in Nigeria by 2030 was still feasible.
The president, however, said that to end AIDs, Nigeria needs a more coordinated and funded response.
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NAIIS directly measured HIV prevalence and viral load suppression, allowing Nigeria to focus on providing services to the areas with the greatest need to control the HIV epidemic.
The NAIIS revealed Nigeria had fewer people living with HIV than previously estimated.
Aliyu assured that the survey would provide programme managers and policy makers with a more detailed and specific understanding of HIV epidemic in the country.
He said the federal government was determined to progressively add 50,000 Nigerians on treatment of the virus every year using government resources.
"However, we can not celebrate yet as we are more committed to ensuring that more people are placed on treatment. We know we can support HIV-positive mothers, hence ensuring the next generation is free from HIV".
"This survey is good news, because it is showing clearly that we have less people infected with HIV, less cases of new infection and less death due to HIV".
Giving a further breakdown, the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Sani Aliyu, explained that the percentage of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Nigeria, among the age group of 15-49 years, was 1.4 per cent (1.9 per cent among females and 0.9 per cent among males).
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