President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday unveiled the 2018 Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) and noted with delight that fewer Nigerians were living with the HIV virus when compared to the 2014 survey.
The president, who spoke at the unveiling of NAIIS in Abuja, however, said “we cannot celebrate yet, as almost a million Nigerians living with HIV are currently not on treatment.’’
NAIIS, inaugurated in June 2018 by Buhari, was a national household-based survey that assessed the prevalence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and related health indicators.
Though, the President said the figures indicate that fewer Nigerians are affected by HIV; he added that this development cannot be celebrated, as almost 1million Nigerians are currently living with HIV without treatment.
However, delighted with the more accurate figures and data to work with, President Buhari called on all stakeholders not to relent in the fight against HIV, but increase the momentum in order to end the epidemic ahead of the year 2030.
“The official HIV prevalence for persons aged 15-49 years in Nigeria is now 1.4 per cent. An estimated 1.9 million Nigerians are now living with HIV with about one million persons on treatment.
“I am delighted that these more accurate figures indicate that fewer Nigerians are affected by HIV. However, we cannot celebrate yet, as almost a million Nigerians living with HIV are currently not on treatment. Now that we have data that will help us target for impact, I urge all of us not to relent in this fight, but to increase the momentum in a concerted effort to end the epidemic ahead of 2030.”