President Muhammadu Buhari has called for increased global actions to ensure the HIV/AIDS epidemic is eliminated from Africa by 2030.
Buhari spoke on Tuesday at a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on HIV\AIDS, to review the progress on commitment to end the deadly disease by 2030 and provide recommendations to guide and monitor response in countries.
According to a statement on Wednesday morning by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari addressed the meeting in a video message.
He pledged Nigeria’s full commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and other international and regional initiatives towards eliminating HIV & AIDs in the world within the set goal.
”We further commit to urgently translating all new and agreed Political Declarations into country action as a means of decisively addressing the HIV epidemic in the African region,” he said.
Apprising the meeting of Nigeria’s response to control the disease, the President expressed delight that the country ”has moved from a data poor to a data rich country with the results of the largest AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey, conducted in 2018.”
He added that the result of this survey has enabled Nigeria to set realistic targets and identify those who were not being reached with the necessary services.
”This has further enabled Nigeria, through the support of the United States Government, Global Fund, Civil Society and other partners, to enrol almost 1.5 million Nigerians on life-saving HIV treatment.