Two million Nigerians are currently receiving treatment for AIDS – NACA
The National AIDS Control Agency (NACA) reports that around 1,090,233 people are receiving antiretroviral drugs in Nigeria as of June this year.
NACA Acting Director of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Gregoary Ashefor made the revelation in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) Thursday in Lagos.
He spoke on the sidelines of a workshop organized by the Federal Ministry of Health (NACA) and the Global Fund, an international funding group.
The theme of the three-day workshop is titled “Prioritization of the National Health Management Information System, Procurement and Supply Management and Laboratory Systems” Interventions in the resilient system proposal and Sustainability for Health (RSSH) and Global Fund Support Partner Mapping in Nigeria ”’.
Mr Ashefor said the President’s AIDS contingency plans were responsible for about 75 to 80 percent of treatment while the Global Fund was responsible for about 20 percent.
“We have other initiatives like the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. They’re responsible for about seven or eight percent. ”
The acting director said the federal government plans to include an additional 50,000 people from Taraba and Abia for treatment.
According to him, around 76,000 people are currently under treatment in Taraba and Abia for which the government is solely responsible.
“The government has a scaling-up plan, called a fast-track plan, to actually get more people on drugs.
“There are other interventions underway. The partners also carry out tests and treatments in collaboration with the government.
Mr Ashefor said, however, that there was still a huge gap in terms of data management.
“How to improve the reports? There is some data that we do not capture. The numbers could be more than that.
“We are not capturing private sector initiatives and data, resulting in a big gap in the data management system.
“Efforts are underway to involve the private sector, so that we know what they are doing. We want to ensure standards and we also want data.
“There are other interventions. For example, the Global Fund is ready to support the RSSH, which is a way to promote ownership and sustainability, because one day the partners will leave and the government will end up with all the patients.
“We are on the verge of developing a sustainable plan. The government wants to take ownership, lead the process and make sure it is above everything, ”he said.
Editor’s Note: The story title has been corrected to reflect the million people referenced by the maintainer.
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