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Over 1m people receiving AIDS treatment in Nigeria —NACA

Over 1m people receiving AIDS treatment in Nigeria —NACA
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The number of people receiving treatment for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria has been put at 1,090,233 by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA and are receiving anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria as at June this year.

This was disclosed by the Acting Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation of NACA, Dr Gregory Ashefor, in an interview on the sidelines of a workshop organised by the Federal Ministry of Health, NACA and the Global Fund, an international financing group, in Lagos on Thursday.

According to Ashefor, the U.S. 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.’’

Ashefor further disclosed that the Federal Government was planning to include an additional 50,000 people from Taraba and Abia to receive treatment.

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According to him, about 76,000 people are currently on treatment in Taraba and Abia for which the government is solely responsible for.

“The government has a scale-up plan, called fast-track plan to actually put more people on drugs.

“There are other interventions going on. The partners are also doing test and treatment in collaboration with the government”, he said.

The NACA director however said that there was still a huge gap in terms of data management.

“How do we improve reporting? There are some data we are not capturing. The figures could be more than this.

“We are not capturing the initiatives and data from the private sector, hence a big gap in the data management system.

“Efforts are on to engage the private sector, so that we will know what they are doing. We want to ensure standards and we also want data.

“There are other interventions. For example, Global Fund is ready to support the RSSH, which is a way of promoting ownership and sustainablity because one day partners will go and government will be left with all the patients.

“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.

 

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