Isaac Adewole, made the new ranking known yesterday at the official announcement of the result of the NAIIS at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the goal of the survey was to examine the distribution of HIV disease and commodities in Nigeria and assess the coverage. According to him, the NAIIS findings provide Nigeria with an accurate national HIV prevalence measure of 1.4 per cent, which contradicts the 2016 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which said Nigeria had the second largest HIV epidemic, with over 196,000 adolescents representing 10 per cent of the global burden epidemic.
Speaking at the unveiling of NAIIS, a national household-based survey on the prevalence of Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) and related health indicators, at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja, the president said, "we can not celebrate yet, as nearly a million Nigerians living with HIV are now not on treatment".
1.9 million Nigerians living with HIV - NACA boss.
Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator & Impart Survey Results launched by President Mohammed Burahi at Aso Villa on Thursday has indicated that 1.9 million Nigerians now live with HIV, just as he said Nigeria can not still celebrate this. The South-South zone of the country has the highest HIV prevalence, at 3.1% among adults aged 15-49 years.
Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr. Sani Aliyu stated "It is important that all people living with HIV get into treatment and achieve viral suppression".
The United states supported the survey with 70 million dollars.More news: Christchurch residents pay tribute to victims
According to the survey, the seven states with high prevalence account for 50% of the overall estimated number of persons living with HIV in Nigeria.
" Together, we can stop children from being born with HIV in Nigeria by the year 2020", she said. The NAIIS directly measured HIV prevalence and viral load suppression and was primarily funded by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
She also encouraged government and relevant stakeholders to commit more resources to stem the epidemic among future generation of Nigerians. Adewole noted that based on the survey, the new position places Nigeria after South Africa, India and Mozambique.More news: Manchester City boss Guardiola 'sorry' for win against Swansea with no VAR
"I appreciate Mr President for adequate funding of the survey which was done in the most efficient manner and it is the largest survey done in nine months".
Aliyu assured that the survey would provide programme managers and policy makers with a more detailed and specific understanding of HIV epidemic in the country. Nigeria has made good progress in scaling up HIV treatment and prevention services in recent years.More news: Australia now eye World Cup crown