President Muhammadu Buhari has called for renewed global action to resolutely fight the HIV / AIDS epidemic in the African region and eradicate the disease by 2030.
Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman , in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, said the president made the call at a high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on HIV / AIDS on Tuesday.
He said the meeting was about this intended to review progress on the commitment to end the deadly epidemic by 2030 and make recommendations to guide and monitor the response in countries.
The President spoke in a video message prior to the meeting.
The President pledged Nigeria’s full commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international and regional initiatives to eradicate HIV and AIDS in the world within the set target.
“We will we iter to work with other leaders across the continent to maintain a high level of political commitment to achieve these goals Reaffirming a New Political Declaration that can help reduce the public health threat from HIV / AIDS, build resilience to end the disease, and current and future health emergencies.
“We also commit to urgently translate all new and agreed political declarations into action by countries to resolutely tackle the HIV epidemic in the African region. ”
The President welcomed the meeting and demonstrated Nigeria’s response to the disease is pleased that the country is “moving from a data-poor country to a data-rich country with the Er the results of the largest AIDS indicator and impact survey of 2018 ”.
According to him, the results of this survey have enabled Nigeria to set realistic goals and identify those with the necessary Services not being achieved.
“This has further made it possible for Nigeria, through support from the United States Government, Global Fund, Civil Society and other partners, to provide nearly 1.5 million Nigerians for life saving HIV treatments “We have seen tremendous growth in our treatment program, especially over the past two years,” he added.
The Nigerian Head of State informed the meeting that Nigeria kept its pledge at the high-level meeting at a side event of the 72nd session of UNGA in September 2017, with the placement of 50,000 Nigerians living in treatment annually with HIV, under Ver Use of national funds.
“In addition, I personally granted an exemption to use competitive international tenders to procure antiretroviral drugs at more than 30 percent cost-effectiveness, which should allow more Nigerians to receive life-saving antiretroviral treatment on the same budget He said.