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HIV: FG bought 377, 000 antiretroviral drugs in 2021 – NACA

The annual procurement rate of antiretroviral drugs by the federal government grew from 12, 666 in 2019 to 377, 000 in 2021, the National Agency…

The annual procurement rate of antiretroviral drugs by the federal government grew from 12, 666 in 2019 to 377, 000 in 2021, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has said.

NACA Director-General, Gambo Aliyu, disclosed this in Abuja Tuesday during a presentation of stewardship on HIV response in Nigeria from 2007 to 2022.

He said the HIV external resources mobilization from 2015 to 2021 was $2.73bn from US President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) while that of Global Fund was $591m.

Aliyu said other achievements from 2015 to 2021 were growth in treatment cohort, key population programming and national HIV programme alignment among others.   

He said Nigeria was on the verge of achieving UNAID’S programmatic indicators for epidemic control due to tremendous growth in her programmes over the last six years.

 “This year we expect a tremendous growth in our programme for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) as we take key steps towards ensuring “no child is born HIV positive in Nigeria,” he said.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said there was need for partnerships as well as harmonization of programmes for greater impact in the country’s HIV response.

He urged state governments to take their rightful places in the partnership as the country develops a sustainability framework for the national response.

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