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Kazeem Ugbodaga
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has charged Nigeria’s Federal Government to scale-up local funding to close the yawning funding gap in the fight against the pandemic in the country.
Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, said an end to the spread of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria is possible through collective efforts of the government and its partners.
Sidibe, who spoke in Abuja, Nigeria, on a visit to the Director General (DG) of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Professor John Idoko, said Nigeria had over the years shown that an end to AIDS was in sight.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria should scale-up local funding to close the yawning funding gap,” he said, adding that data available indicated that Nigeria still records a number of children born with HIV.
According to him, if such children were placed on treatment, fatalities could be averted.
“With collective funding and effective awareness such should not occur. This development is capable of reducing the spread of the virus by 96%, which makes an end of AIDS a possibility.”
DG NACA, Idoko said that the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria is very promising, disclosing that with about 7,000 testing sites in the country in addition to many medical outreaches being embarked upon by in many states, NACA had been able to test at least 90,000 people in 2015.
He said that treatment is essential to ending AIDS, but noted that Nigeria was looking forward to working with all strata of government and the private sector to step up internal funding to achieve the 90-90-90 elimination target.
“The 90-90-90 is a global ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic projects that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV know their status, 90% of all people diagnosed …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper