FG Moves To Reduce HIV/AIDS Infection

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The Federal Government has increased its pace in tackling the issue of HIV/AIDS through the ongoing 2018 survey being carried out by the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), aimed at having a considerable number of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Speaking with The Tide during the monitoring exercise of the ongoing survey in Rivers State, the National Techical Committee member of NAIIS, Dr Greg Ashefor disclosed that the exercise is simultaneously going on in Jigawa, Gombe, FCT, Ogun, Rivers and Anambra.
Ashefor, who is also the Head of Department and Director of Research Medical Evaluation, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), said that the ongoing survey is geared towards ascertaining the accurate number of people living with the virus in Nigeria.
“The survey conducted in the country with the theme: “For Health Families HIV and Viral Hepatitis free Generation,” would help government to know the number of persons infected with the diseases in the country and to provide adequate treatment and care for the patients.
The Director of Research, continued: “The households survey conducted for 2018 will help to plan better for HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support services.
According to him, such survey will also enhance the linkage of HIV positive persons to care and also determine the spread of hepatitis A and B in the country.
He further stated that the response of persons in various communities in Rivers State where the survey was conducted among the six states was commendable.
One of the South-South team leaders of NAIIS in Rivers, Mr Fidelis Ockri, said the response of people in the state was 90-95% in record.