Nigeria has been ranked the 4th country with the highest number of HIV patients.
This was disclosed by the Minister of health, Isaac Adewole, during the presidential unveiling of the 2018 Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) result in Abuja.
According to reports, the aim of the survey was to observe the distribution of HIV disease in Nigeria, as well as to determine the impact of HIV services on the population level and to measure HIV related risk behaviours using a nationally representative sample.The survey started in June through December last year in the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory.
The result of the survey stated that the South-South zone has the highest occurrence and the North West zone has the lowest.
Adewole stressed that about half of people living with HIV in Nigeria achieved viral suppression, saying “I want to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari, public and private organisations, the U.S. Government that supported the survey and Nigerians for their cooperation during the survey. “
Nigeria has moved from being the second country with the highest number of people living with AIDS which was ranked in 2014 with 3.1 million infected people but now fourth country with about 1.9 million people living with the scourge”.
“From the 1.9 million Nigerians, over 1 million are currently on the live-saving treatment,” he said. He said the survey was the best in the world because of the non-interference policy employed and the use of better quality laboratories.
While unveiling the survey results, President Muhammadu Buhari noted that said the goal to end AIDs in Nigeria by 2030 is achievable.