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1m Nigerians currently receiving AIDS treatment – NACA – The Eagle Online



The National AIDS Control Agency says that in Nigeria in June this year, 1,090,233 people received anti-retroviral drugs.

Acting Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation of NACA, Dr. Gregoire Ashefor, interviewed Nigeria's Nigeria Press Agency in Lagos on Thursday.

He spoke on the margins of a workshop organized by the Federal Ministry of Health, NACA and Global Fund, an international financial group.

The topic of the three-day workshop is: "Prioritizing the information system for managing the national health system, procurement and supply management and laboratory systems in a transient and sustainable health promotion system and mapping the global fund support in Nigeria".

Ashefor said the US president's urgent plans to aid AIDS are responsible for about 75 to 80 percent of treatment, while the Global Fund is responsible for about 20 percent.

He said: "We have other initiatives like the AIDS Health Care Foundation.

"They are responsible for about seven or eight percent."

The Acting Head said that the federal government plans to include an additional 50,000 people from Taraba and Abia to get treatment.

According to him, at the time of treatment in Taraba and Abia, there are about 76,000 people, for whom the government is responsible solely.

Ashefor said: "The government has a scanning plan, called a quick plan, to actually put more people on drugs.

"There are other interventions.

"Partners also do testing and treatment in cooperation with the government."

However, Ashefor said that there is still a huge gap in data management.

He said: "How to improve reporting?

"There are some data that we do not occupy.

"The numbers can be more than this.

"We are not throwing out initiatives and data from the private sector, therefore a huge gap in the data management system.

"Efforts are to engage the private sector, so we will know what they are doing.

"We want to ensure standards and we want data.

"There are other interventions.

"For example, the Global Fund is ready to support RSSH, which is a way of promoting ownership and sustainability as one partner will go and the government will be left with all patients.

"We will make a sustainable plan.

"The government wants to own it, it launches the process and makes sure everything is above everything."

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