South Zone records highest HIV prevalence rate

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 17, 2019

Minister of Health, Prof.

At the national level, viral suppression among people living with HIV aged 15-49 years stands at 42.3% (45.3% among women and 34.5% among men).

The Nigeria aids indicator and impact survey is the largest single one ever done in the world.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the appointment came as a result of the expiration of the initial appointment in 2018.

"The US government is proud to support Nigeria in conducting the NAIIS survey". HIV prevalence among the same age group in the North Central zone is 2.0 per cent, and in the South East zone (1.9%). This, she said, will ensure that women living with HIV can receive treatment and give birth to children free of HIV.

Adewole said this improvement was possible due to the huge committee the present administration had channelled towards the eradication of the disease.

He directed NACA and the Federal Ministry of Health to undertake detailed consultations and consensus building with key sectoral Ministries, the legislature, governors of high prevalence states, development partners and civil society to chart a new strategic path, building on the results of the survey.

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

Speaking at the unveiling of NAIIS, a national household-based survey on the prevalence of Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) and related health indicators, at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja, the president said, "we can not celebrate yet, as nearly a million Nigerians living with HIV are now not on treatment".

"The official HIV prevalence for persons aged 15-49 years in Nigeria is now 1.4 percent".

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 directly measured HIV prevalence and viral load suppression, allowing Nigeria to focus on providing services to the areas with the greatest need to control the HIV epidemic.

He added that the survey should however be used as a new beginning to do more work in the fight against the epidemic.

"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". Nigeria has made good progress in scaling up HIV treatment and prevention services in recent years.

Mrs Buhari said this on Thursday when she received a delegation of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) led by it's Executive Director, Mr Michiel Sidibe, at the State House, Abuja.

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