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More than 1 million people on our HIV watch list - NACA

More than 1 million people on our HIV watch list - NACA

- NACA, a board seeing into the control of AIDS, has revealed the figure of HIV patients in its data

- According to the agency, 1,090,233 Nigerians of which 747,853 are females are receiving treatment

- The agency also said that efforts are on going to document the exact figures of victims in the country

National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (NACA) has revealed that seven hundred and forty-seven thousand, eight hundred and fifty-three females are among the 1,090,233 people on Anti-Retroviral (ARV) treatment in Nigeria as at June 2018.

In a statement to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, November 9, Greg Ashefor, the acting director, Research Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate (RMED) added that 342,380 males were also on ARV treatment.

Legit.ng notes that the acting director also added that the number included all persons on treatment programmes supported by the U.S Government (PEPFAR), Global Fund (GF), and the federal government.

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Ashefor further said that the federal government programme covered 62,120 persons on treatment, with 44,116 persons in Taraba and 17,904 persons in Abia.

Earlier, in an interview, Ashefor had said that fg was planning to include an additional 50,000 people from Taraba and Abia to receive treatment.

According to him, about 76,000 people are currently on treatment in Taraba and Abia for which the government is solely responsible.

He said: “The government has a scale-up plan, called fast-track plan to actually put more people on medicine. There are other interventions going on. The partners are also doing test and treatment in collaboration with the government."

Ashefor said, however, that there was still a huge gap in terms of data management.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Cape Town-based HIV eradication advocate recently took time off from her social media campaigns to pay a heartfelt tribute to her best friend for the support given to her regardless of her HIV status.

Writing on Twitter, Zikhona Dingile paid tribute to her friend Sinazo Andries for always being there for her since they met five years ago.

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Source: Legit.ng

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