Nov 28, 2021

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HIV/AIDS: UN Highlights 1 Most Important Thing That Can End Spread of Disease

  • As the global fight against the spread of HIV / AIDS continues, Nigeria has been urged to do whatever it takes to end inequality among people living with the virus
  • The appeal was made by Erasmus Morah, Country Director of the United Nations Joint Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS),
  • Morah said Nigeria was allowed to do not rest in an effort to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to their newborns

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS ( UNAIDS) announced the urgent need to address long-standing inequalities in access for people living with the virus to treat HIV.

UNAIDS Country Director , Erasmus Morah, said this during a press conference organized by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NAC A) was organized in Abuja on Wednesday November 24th.

Morah said while the dreaded inequality has only increased, tackling inequality is the key to ending of HIV / AIDS in major populations living with the virus.

Thank you for Nigeria’s efforts to deliver on June’s pledge at the 2021 UN High-Level Assembly in New York said Morah said the country had gotten to the heart of the global issue for WAD.

Nigeria continues to be the largest producer of HIV-positive babies

on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV / AIDS, Morah described Nigeria as the largest producer of HIV-positive babies.

He said one in seven who tested positive for HIV Babies are alarming and must be addressed with all available means.

The UNAIDS Country Director fo urged the media to focus on the right questions about preventing mother to child transmission of the disease and said there was a need to ensure that HIV merchandise reaches the most neglected population.

Morah said:

“To end that, our question should be who is not on the bus, who does not have access to HIV products, treatment and prevention services.” < / blockquote>

Nigeria made progress in containing the spread of HIV

In his address, the Director General of the NACA, Aliyu Gambo, said Nigeria has made significant progress in the fight against HIV / AIDS recorded.

Gambo said a recalibration of the HIV epidemic had a significant decrease in HIV prevalence from 5.8 in 2001 to 1.3 in. shown in 2018.

He also said that there are currently an estimated 1.8 million people living with HIV in Nigeria, of whom 90% know about their HIV status, 96% in Treatment are and 84% are suppressed virally.

The DG of NACA said:

“Despite the negative impact of the lockdown, as a public health measure To curb the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, the HIV program e in Nigeria proved resilient as the number of people receiving treatment increased. “

He added that various activities such as a street walk, Jumat prayer and thanksgiving, youth and youth events, including inter-school debates, HIV testing services and many others, were planned to commemorate the 2021 WAD.

Gambo urged national HIV response actors to ensure that they play their role in epidemic control and sustainability.

He said:

“So interventions have to be targeted at these populations to ensure that evidence drives the program forward. “

” Conscious efforts must be made to address these emerging dynamics if we are to control and sustain the epidemic. “

NEPWHAN talks about ending the mother-to-child transmission of HIV

The National Coordinator of the Network of P People Living with HIV / AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), Abdulkadir Ibrahim, also praised the DG NACA for the agency’s efforts to contain the spread of the disease.

Ibrahim said that it has shown over time that he is more than capable of the responsibilities imposed on him cope.

He said:

“This com mt from the mouth and heart of people living with HIV, despite the impact and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, is an amazing cause over 1.6 million people in the country are being treated for HIV . “

1,629,427 people are currently being treated. 57,280 of these are children between the ages of zero and 14; 551,106 are adult men aged 15 and over and 1,021,041 adult women aged 15 and over.

He also called for more questions to be asked of those who miss treatment rather than those who miss treatment who have access to HIV products.

On the theme of World AIDS Day 2021, Ibrahim called for strategic ways to address the inequality between those receiving treatment and the population that is missed or neglected.

Ibrahim said:

“Nigeria is still recording babies born with HIV, and so are we We need to change that. Again, we need to develop programs and activities to address this problem in babies born with HIV and find ways to prevent mother-to-child transmission. “

“For example, we have mentor mothers, but what about the fathers who also allow our mothers to use the facilities to visit. I think we need to take into account the importance of having mentor fathers if we have to move forward. “

Statistics of HIV positive babies positive in Nigeria

< Details of the report showed that in 2020; 27,909 infant DNA samples were tested, 19,715 were tested and the results of 409 babies were positive and in 2019; 26,247 infant DNA samples were collected, 19,947 were tested and 833 were positive.

Large numbers of these babies were also found to contract the virus, mainly because their mothers did not have access to it Had prenatal care facilities and were born either at home or in other birthplaces.

How HIV / AIDS Can Affect a Child’s Developmental Process

Also had a pediatrician said that untreated HIV infection in children leads to encephalo pathie and thus in turn slow down the development process of the affected child.

Dr. Atana Ewa said health workers are responsible for ensuring that every pregnant woman is tested during the ANC.

According to the doctor, testing should go beyond and after breastfeeding To continue weaning the infant.