By Hassan Zaggi
Global Fund has disclosed that it has concluded plans to invest a whooping 660,000 dollars in the treatment of HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis (TB) in the next three years in Nigeria.
The Executive Director of Global Fund in charge of HIV, Malaria and TB, Peters Sand disclosed in Abuja.
He revealed that since inception of the Fund in 2002, it has so far invested over 2.6 billion dollars in Nigeria.
According to Mr. Sand, the huge investment by Global Fund in HIV, Malaria and TB in was because, “Nigeria is the country with the largest malaria in the world, it is the second largest with the number of people with HIV and it is second in the number of people affected by TB. So, if we are going to end the epidemics of HIV, TB and Malaria in the world, it has to happen in Nigeria.
“We have invested over 2.6 billion dollars and in the current funding, which is a three year circle, we are investing 660 million dollars.”
He expressed optimism that with the partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), the three diseases will conquered in Nigeria.
Speaking, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has corrected most of the challenges the implementation of the Global Fund programmes encountered in Nigeria in the past few years.
“We have built two first class top rate ware houses in Abuja and Lagos to ensure that our drugs do not expire. We have change some of our programmes, we now have new people and also have new accounting mechanism to ensure that grants are judiciously used,” he disclosed.
Earlier, the Director General of NACA, Dr.Sani Aliyu, applauded the Global Fund for their support to Nigeria over the years.
He said that without the Global Fund, Nigeria would be struggling “to deliver some of the interventions we have put in place for three of the diseases.”
He vowed the Nigerian government will ensure that the fund is judiciously utilized to improve the health of Nigerians.