The current report shows that Nigeria has recorded eighty-six thousand HIV/AIDS new infections, while forty-nine thousand people died from AIDS in the year 2020.
The Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr Gambo Aliyu made this known in Abuja at Pathfinder International Nigeria’s symposium to mark this year’s World AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day is commemorated every 1st of December to show support for people living with HIV or AIDS and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.
40 years since the first five cases, more than 36 million people have died from AIDS-related illness globally since the first case was discovered in 1981.
The report by Nigeria Epi Data (2020 Spectrum estimate) also reveals that one point seven million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS IN Nigeria.
Represented by the Chief Programme Officer, NACA Mr Olutosin Adebajo the NACA DG said this year’s theme, End inequalities, End AIDS, End pandemics beams its searchlight on Community-driven solutions to address stigma and discrimination.
Globally there are an estimated 38 million PLHIV in 2019, with 2.9 million of those in the Western and Central African region
The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria is estimated at 1.4% of the population, with 1.8 million people living with HIV (PLHIV).
The incidence rate decreased from 0.74 to 0.52 per 1 000 population from 2010 to 2019, ending with 100 000 new infections
The UNAIDS 95-95-95 strategy aimed to have 95% of PLHIV know their status, and 95% of those to be retained on antiretroviral therapy (ART) (95% coverage) such that 95% of those are virally suppressed by 2023
The National Programme Officer, Network Of People Living With HIV/AIDS In Nigeria, Danesi Ismaeel called for more awareness campaigns to combat HIV/AIDS in the country.
“Given our stated objective to end inequalities in the HIV/AIDS response, it is critical that we develop a robust system to support the widespread adoption of the female condom. Our 17 percent female contraceptive use seems pale when compared to a need the 83 percent who need one form of protection or the other during sexual intercourse.”
The communication Officer, Pathfinder International, Bayo Ewuola said there was a need to address inequality in the health sector, especially at the community level.
According to Bayo Ewuola” “Inequality exists in the healthcare system. We know how difficult it is for people to access HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, especially in hard-to-reach areas. To improve our HIV response, we need to have an enabling environment in terms of policy implementation.
“There are quite a lot of policies and guidelines that are in existence, such as the anti-stigmatization legislation, but we need the government to strictly implement these laws,” he added.
In a message, the Country Director, Pathfinder International, Dr Amina Dorayi said the event was to bring stakeholders together and discuss challenges mitigating against the eradication of HIV/AIDS.