The Federal Government has reaffirmed its resolve to invest resources to strengthen the nation’s health care system and increase access of citizens to Health Insurance.
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo disclosed the decision of government at the Public Presentation of a book titled: TURNING THE TIDE: AIDS IN NIGERIA.
Represented by the Hon. Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Prof. Osinbajo confirmed the commitment of government towards supporting the implementation of effective HIV control interventions in Nigeria.
According to him, ‘‘Nigeria’s economic policies and empowerment interventions will also play a role in improving the standard of living of all citizens, including people living with or affected by HIV.
‘‘This book couldn’t have come at a better time with recent presentation of the National HIV/Aids Indicator Survey results by his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari.’’ Osinbajo said’’
He explained that there is ample evidence to show that Nigeria is on the right track towards the achievement of National and Global targets on Aids control’’.
But to further reach its goal, Prof. Osinbajo believes Nigeria must harness its resources and utilize research data to ensure that the remaining 800,000 persons infected with HIV are identified and placed under life- saving anti-retroviral therapy.
The vice president commended the APIN group for launching the book, which he says is an excellent resource material that would be used by researchers, clinicians, sociologists and public health workers.
He explained that the reduction of HIV prevalence in Nigeria recorded by the recent national Aids survey is a justification of the various work documented in the new book
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said the reestablishment of the National Treatment and Preventions of Mother- to- Child Transmission Programme (NTPP) was one of his ministry’s strategies for ending AIDS by 2030.
The minister acknowledged the contribution of those in the fore front of ending HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, including the AIDS Prevention initiatives in Nigeria, which started work in-country in 2001 with the support of Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation.