Two million Nigerians currently receiving AIDS treatment, says NACA


The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) says about 1,090,233 people are receiving anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria as at June this year.

The Acting Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation of NACA, Dr Gregory Ashefor, made the revelation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos State.

He spoke on the sidelines of a workshop organised by the Federal Ministry of Health, NACA and the Global Fund, an international financing group.

The theme of the three-day workshop is: “Prioritisation of National Health Management Information System, Procurement and Supply Management and Laboratory Systems’ Interventions in the Resilient and Sustainable System for Health  Proposal and Partners Mapping of Global Fund Support in Nigeria’’.

Ashefor said that the US President’s Emergency Plans for AIDS Relief, was responsible for about 75 to 80 per cent of the treatment while the Global Fund was responsible for about 20 per cent.

“We have other initiatives like the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. They are responsible for about seven or eight per cent.’’

The acting director said that the Federal Government was planning to include an additional 50,000 people from Taraba State and Abia State to receive treatment.

According to him, about 76,000 people are currently on treatment in Taraba and Abia States for which the government is solely responsible.

“We are about to develop a sustainable plan. The government wants to own it, drive the process and make sure it is on top of everything,’’ he said.


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