HIV/AIDS drugs

A total of 1.1 million Nigerians are currently on treatment for AIDS/HIV, the Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr Sani Aliyu has said.

Aliyu disclosed this recently in Abeokuta while fielding questions from journalists during a visit to the Ogun State Ministry of Health to assess the Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) in the state.

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He said the NAIIS was being carried out in all the 36 states of the federation to get the accurate number of people suffering from the dreaded disease.

Noting that 17,000 people are on treatment for the HIV/AIDS in Ogun State, Aliyu said that after the survey NACA would have a clearer picture of people infected by the virus in the state.

He said the survey, which had covered 20 local government areas with 112 enumerated areas, had recorded 90 percent success.

The NACA boss said, “Currently, there are 1.1 million Nigerians on treatment for HIV/AIDS, Ogun State provides 17, 000 of that number. After the survey, we will get the accurate figure of people infected by HIV. We are making progress, the only challenge we are experiencing is in the area of funding.”