Nigeria ranks fourth country in the world with highest HIV/AIDS victims

Postado Março 17, 2019

The data from the Nigeria National HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) are based a revised and enhanced methodology.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the appointment came as a result of the expiration of the initial appointment in 2018. He commended the United States Government, the Global Fund, the United Nations agencies and technical partners for their significant contributions towards this survey.

It states that while the North-West has the lowest prevalence rate at 0.6 per cent, the South-South geopolitical zone has the highest with 3.1 per cent.

According to the survey, the seven states with high prevalence are Akwa Ibom (5.6%): Benue (4.9%); Rivers (3.8%); and Taraba (2.7%).

Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator & Impart Survey Results launched by President Mohammed Burahi at Aso Villa on Thursday has indicated that 1.9 million Nigerians now live with HIV, just as he said Nigeria can not still celebrate this.

"I want to also seize this opportunity to pay tribute to those who died during the process of the survey".

President Muhammad Buhari presenting the survey stated that although HIV prevalence has reduced to 1.4 per cent, Nigeria can not still celebrate because now about a million of Nigerians with the virus is now not on treatment.

He also said viral suppression among PLHIV aged 15 to 49 years old with access to treatment stands at 42.3 per cent (45.3 per cent among women and 34.5 per cent among men).

He said the survey was the best in the world because of the non-interference policy employed and the use of better quality laboratories. The survey also showed that Northern Nigeria has a lower HIV/AIDS burden than south. The NAIIS directly measured HIV prevalence and viral load suppression and was primarily funded by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

"I think, in recognition of the status of your organization, we are delighted to be able to formalise this bilateral relationship and to capture our cooperation more directly within that framework", Onyeama said.

"I appreciate Mr President for adequate funding of the survey which was done in the most efficient manner and it is the largest survey done in nine months. We know we can support HIV-positive mothers, hence ensuring the next generation is free from HIV", he said.

"Today is a critical turning point in Nigeria for an HIV epidemic that has killed many of our countrymen and women".

He said this would guide the scale up of treatment and prevention services across all age groups.