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National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) yesterday Thursday declared that about 1,090,233 people have been receiving anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria as at June 2018.

National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) yesterday Thursday declared that about 1,090,233 people have been receiving anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria as at June 2018.


The acting Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation of NACA, Dr Gregory Ashefor, in an interview with a section of the media in Lagos State reportedly said at the sidelines of a workshop organized by the Federal Ministry of Health, NACA and the Global Fund, an international financing group with the theme of the three-day workshop is: “Prioritization of National Health Management Information System, Procurement and Supply Management and Laboratory Systems' Interventions in the Resilient and Sustainable System for Health Proposal and Partners Mapping of Global Fund Support in Nigeria'' said that the US President's Emergency Plans for AIDS Relief was responsible for about 75 to 80 per cent of the treatment while the Global Fund was responsible for about 20 per cent. “We have other initiatives like the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
They are responsible for about seven or eight per cent.'' The acting director said that the Federal Government was planning to include an additional 50,000 people from Taraba State and Abia State to receive treatment. According to him, about 76,000 people are currently on treatment in Taraba State and Abia State for which the government is solely responsible for. “We are about to develop a sustainable plan. The government wants to own it, drive the process and make sure it is on top of everything'' he said. It was gathered that federal government has confirmed a report which ranks Nigeria first on the list of countries with high record of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS throughout the world. The government confirmed local and international indices that affirmed that Nigeria produces 30 percent of children born with HIV/AIDS internationally. Speaking with newsmen at the launch of a roadmap on implementation of the national treatment and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS in Abuja on Tuesday, October 30, the minister of health, Isaac Adewole, said that the situation is a cause for worry and requires joint action of all stakeholders with the support of global partners for effective intervention.

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