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Monday, November 13, 2017

#waitForIt ...1million PLUS Nigerians accessing anti-retroviral therapy



The Federal Government has revealed that as at the end of June 2017, the number of Nigerians placed on anti-retroviral therapy is 1,050,594. The disclosure was made by Prof. Isaac Adewole, Nigeria's Minister of Health.

He said government was also implementing other HIV prevention and control programmes, including the fast-track programme in 6 states, plus the Federal Capital Territory, to reduce the HIV epidemic in the country. Prof. Adewole said HIV/AIDS remains a persistent threat to the health of Nigerians, further straining the already struggling health care system and compromising the past developmental gains. He said the situation called for concerted and sustained effort by all stakeholders to reduce the transmission of HIV in Nigeria.

“As at the end of June 2017, the number of individuals placed on anti-retroviral therapy in the country is 1,050,594, as against 983,980 reported at the end of last year. Government is also implementing other HIV prevention and control programmes, including the fast-track programme in six states, plus the FCT, to reduce the HIV epidemic in the country.”

He said concerted efforts must be made to reverse the trend, whereby over $1bn was being spent annually on medical tourism. He said the Federal Government would collaborate with state governments in revitalising the Primary Health Care, as it has ceased to be the first point of call for most Nigerians, despite being best positioned in terms of proximity and service packages.

“To correct this situation, we have reorganised the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to ensure effective healthcare delivery on its mandate.”

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