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13 December 2019

HIV infection rate now 60 per cent under control —Aliyu

The Director-General of the National Agency for Control of AIDS, Dr. Gambo Aliyu, says Nigeria has achieved 60 percent control of HIV infection rate, stating that the aim is to achieve at least, 90 percent.

He also noted that, in terms of treatment, the figures of those who have access to anti-retroviral medications are also increasing.

Aliyu spoke in Lagos on Thursday at the inauguration of the agency’s South-West zonal office.

He said the location of the zonal office would bring the agency closer to stakeholders.

Aliyu said, “HIV is now 60 percent under control. In the next three years, we want to achieve 90 percent control.

“In terms of treatment, the figures are also increasing.

“Hopefully, by the end of next year, we will be treating 1.5 million people instead of the one million that we are currently treating.

“This is our goal and one of the targets that we want to achieve by setting up a zonal office.

“We have drugs, but we are waiting for people to come and take them. So, there is a need for more awareness and getting closer to communities and stakeholders.”

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