Nigeria working to be AIDS-free by 2030, says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has stated that Nigeria is working and hoping to be AIDS-free by 2015 as it aims to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also called Global Goals.
He said this when he addressed the 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York on 25 September.
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STRENGTHENING THE MEANS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND ENSURING AN AIDS – FREE GENERATION BY 2030 THROUGH THE ELIMINATION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION OF HIV: A DUAL IMPERATIVE FOR NIGERIA
STATEMENT BY: H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE 70TH UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK ON 25TH, SEPTEMBER 2015
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I welcome you to this important event. Let me express Nigeria’s sincere appreciation to UN-AIDS for the support and collaboration in organizing this event.
We are on the threshold of history as world leaders adopt the successor development agenda to the Millennium Development Goals. For over 30 years, HIV as a public health challenge has been causing havoc and untold hardship in virtually every part of the world. To date, several million children have been orphaned and some communities have been devastated, while economic activities have been disrupted.
Unfortunately, Sub-Saharan Africa bears a disproportionate burden of this epidemic. The good news is that the effort of the global community has resulted in greater control, less spread and better management.
Furthermore, we have made significant progress towards the interception of mother to child transmission of HIV. In 2014 alone, over three million pregnant women were tested for HIV and 63,000 of these tested women, accessed anti – retroviral therapy.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
What is required in our continued fight against HIV/AIDS is improved health delivery system, education, and cheaper production of anti – retroviral drugs through technology …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper