Fred Ezeh, Abuja
The federal government has on Thursday the Nigerian HIV / AIDS Indicator and Impact Study (NAIIS), which they believe would end the era of "counseling" on the burden of HIV in Nigeria.
The survey would be conducted by experts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in the United States of America, in at least 1
There would undoubtedly be NACA and other stakeholders with good inheritance and accurate knowledge of HIV / AIDS activities in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who launched the project in Abuja, announced that foreign donors have withdrawn their financial and logistical interventions for lack of statistical documentation on the status and distribution of the virus in Nigeria.
He asked the state government and all other stakeholders to support the survey so that they could provide accurate or nearly accurate data on HIV / AIDS infections and treatment in Nigeria.
Minister of State for Health, dr. Osagie Ehanire said the project's success would clean up the shame of not keeping accurate records of people living with the virus in Nigeria.
"It will also give an account of previously committed resources in combat, and perhaps, offer an improved approach to achieve a better outcome," he said.
Dr. Sani Aliyu, general director of NAKA, announced that Nigeria, with an estimated 3.2 million people living with the virus, is the second most common HIV infection in the world.
He said that the available records showed that about 600 Nigerians were infected with the virus daily. About 400 deaths were recorded daily.
He added, "Two-thirds of the new HIV infections in West and Central Africa occurred in Nigeria in 2016. We also have the largest number of HIV-infected babies in the world, and one in every four newborns with HIV in 2016 was born in the world, was a Nigerian. "
Dr. Aliyu was concerned that, despite several interventions, the number of people taking life-saving medicines has risen from about 100,000 to over a million, and hospitals offering treatments have increased significantly.
He was optimistic that the survey would take approximately four weeks in each state to deliver a clearer picture of the status and prevalence of HIV / AIDS and hepatitis B & C in Nigeria.
US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, confirmed that the United States government has pledged $ 110 million to the project, which appears to be the largest HIV / AIDS and hepatitis response survey in the world.