The Federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to end the HIV/Aids epidermic by 2020(90-90-90 target).
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole made the disclosure at the launch of the one year roadmap of the National Treatment and Prevention from Mother to Child Transmission in Abuja.
The Minister explained that the programme is already running in 8 states termed with the highest burden of the epidemic.
“The States include Abia, Taraba, Benue, Cross River, Nasarawa, Lagos, Kaduna and FCT. Presently almost all the states mentioned above are implementing Fast-tract Initiative which covers the TEST and TREAT strategy”
Professor Adewole suggested that in order to achieve the mandate of NTPP programme, additional 50,000 new patients must be placed on treatment yearly in line with the 90-90-90 Global Target.
According to the Minister, development agencies are supporting the programme to set up very conducive work environment through the provision of infrastructures.
“We are assuring you that as we implement the roadmap, we are also actualising the planned health sector response which is reflected in the Nigeria National Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS: 2017-2021 (NSF 2017-2021) and the Fast-Track or Catch-Up plan launched in 2016”
He further urged all the seven states, with the highest burden of HiV to intensify effort and ensure reduction in prevalence so that Nigeria can meet up with the Global target.
“The Federal Government is harnessing private sector to ensure that clients receive free services through the provision of adequate antiretroviral drugs, drugs for opportunistic infections, test kits, diagnostic equipment, laboratory reagent and consumables”
Dr. Mohammed Fall, the Country representative of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), commended Federal Government’s effort at reducing the transmission of HIV from Mother to Child.
While adding that UNICEF will not relent in its support towards People Living with HIV/Aids, he however called for more support in this regards.
The Director General of NACA, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who was represented by Dr Daniel Ndukwe, said that there is urgent need to prevent mother to child infection through HIV.
He disclosed that the National agency for the control of Aids, NACA will continue to ensure that there is progress in the reduction of HIV across the country .
Mrs Helen Apa from the network of Persons Living with HIV in Nigeria, called on stakeholders in the health sector to improve on the service of its members .
She noted that the launching of the National Programme is a step in the right direction.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity, and looking forward to better opportunities in the future.”she added.