Health Ministry Sets 2030 Target To End HIV

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(Last Updated On: 2021-10-04)

 

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said that there were about 1.6 million Nigerian people living with HIV (PLHIV) under treatment just he reiterated the commitment of the ministry to ending HIV by 2030.

Ehanire said this at the dissemination of Survey Report on Nigeria People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Stigma Index 2.0 survey by Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) in recently .

The minister who was represented by Dr Akudo Ikpeazu, of the Federal Ministry of Health, said that they had made remarkable achievements in the last five years of the fight against HIV.

He identified stigma and discrimination as major barriers to the fight against the spread of HIV in the country.

“As we push towards reaching the last and ensuring that no one is left behind, HIV stigma is the biggest hindrance to achieving HIV-free society,” he said.

Dr Gambo Aliyu, Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), described stigma and discrimination as big barriers in the identification of people living with HIV.

Aliyu said that the fight against HIV could not be completely won without eradicating stigma and discrimination.

He commended the effort of the Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) in the reduction of stigma and assured of NACA’s support.

The NACA boss asserted that the agency under his watch had in the last 18 months gotten wider access to individuals living with HIV and bringing them closer for care and treatment.

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He, however, urged all to look at the content of the survey and ensure they inform everyone’s decision.

Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim, National Coordinator Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NEPWHAN), said that the essence of the dissemination was to unveil the elements that trigger stigma and discrimination in the public domain.

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Ibrahim, who decried stigma and discrimination, said they were instrumental to a number of verbal assaults and depression of people living with HIV.

(NAN)

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