- The federal government has announced that drones are now being used in states in Nigerian communities to help fight HIV/AIDS
- The disclosure was prepared by the Director General of the National Agency for Combating AIDS, Gambo Aliyu Communities across the country
The Nigerian government has announced its plans to deploying drones in states across the country to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and deaths from the disease.
National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Director-General Gambo Aliyu said even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency has managed to distribute antiretroviral drugs in some states.
In his speech at the sixth session of the National Council of AIDS, which Legit.ng attended, Aliyu noted that the NACA’s move to abz aims to minimize mortality within HIV/AIDS communities.
According to the NACA DG, these and other existing HIV/AIDS coordination platforms and community structures have been strengthened to to support the response to COVID-19.
He also assured that the NACA toll line has been used to continuously raise awareness about proper hygiene, social distancing and to answer common questions from the public , while some of the agency’s program managers in the states were hired as epidemiology officers to strengthen the fight against the disease.
Stated that Nigeria has seen the greatest growth in HIV treatment Numbers recorded in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aliyu said that in 2020 the country initiated treatment for nearly 300,000 people living with HIV.
“Im Einkla ng with the sustainability of the program, the HIV and AIDS response has witnessed and evolved over the years to ensure the Country Alignment Plan in all HIV and AIDS programs.
“Considering progress has been made in efforts to improve program coordination through regular stakeholder engagements and the reintroduction of the Joint Annual Program Review Process, which will contribute to the continued positive assessments and results while advocating for the allocation of resources by state governments. “
The NACA chief added that the resurgence of Nigeria’s Business Coalition Against AIDS (NiBUCCA) and its renewed talks with NACA led to the creation of the private-sector-led HIV trust fund by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Aliyu assured that NiBUCCA hopes to help d He said:
“The country, in its steps, is moving towards HIV epidemic control and sustainable program that is in line with the global agenda and built on innovative approaches to exceed the 95:95:95 goals.
“We all agree, that achieving HIV epidemic control in Nigeria requires innovative thinking, good planning and local resources for sustainability.”
Women Minister interjects support for NACA
In her remarks, Nigeria’s Minister for Women, Pauline Tallen, reassured participants of the federal government’s commitment and support from her ministry.
Tallen said the Ministry of Women’s Affairs will continue to support NACA in its efforts to the global goal of ending vo n HIV/AIDs transmission in a few years.
“We are the strongest partners NACA should have because we are with Women and girls dealing with those living with HIV/AIDs.
“We demand that vulnerable women and girls should be at the heart of Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS response.”
Additionally, Country Portfolio Manager for Nigeria, Global Fund, Jean-Thomas Nouboussi announced that plans are underway for the next replenishment meeting in the United States.
Nouboussi also announced that $18 billion is expected to be raised upset by all stakeholders at upcoming meeting.
HIV/AIDS: NACA does not disappoint Nigeria in this fight, UN boasts
The Nigerian government has been for her efforts to prevent new transmissions of HIV in the country.
The award was presented to Nigeria by the Country Director of the United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Erasmus Morah.< /p>
In addition, the Minister of Health requested all B involved to ensure that all hands are on deck to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Statistics of HIV positive babies born in Nigeria
Details of the report showed that in 2020 ; 27,909 DNA samples from infants were tested, 19,715 were tested and the results from 409 babies were positive and in 2019; 26,247 infant DNA samples were collected, 19,947 were tested and 833 were positive.
A large number of these babies were also found to have contracted the virus, mainly because their mothers did not have access to antenatal care facilities and gave birth either at home or elsewhere.