By Hassan Zaggi
The efforts of the federal government to end HIV/AIDS in Nigeria has gotten a boost. This is as four international agencies including the World Health Organisation (WHO), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF) and United States Government Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEFPFAR) have donated a vehicle and an upgraded office structure to support the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.
Speaking while receiving the support, the Minster of Health, Isaac Adewole, said: “On behalf of Federal Ministry of Health and by extension the people and Government of Nigeria, I want to sincerely appreciate WHO and other partners for the good gesture and to reassure you that it will go a long way in our fight to eliminate HIV in Nigeria”.
While meeting with staff of the National AIDS /STIs Control Programme (NASCP), the Minister noted that Nigeria had re-established the National Treatment Prevention Programme with a view of taking full control of National HIV response programme in the country.
According to him, the National Treatment and Prevention programme would further showcase the activities of Federal Government on HIV and would bring an end to the disease in Nigeria.
He further reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to halt the spread of HIV/ AIDS in Nigeria through several government interventions already in place.
Adewole assured partners that Federal Government would put in place a structure that would sustain cordial relationship between government and her development Partners.
Speaking earlier, the WHO representative, Dr Rex Mpazanje, said that the donation was to complement the effort of Nigerian Government in its fight against HIV/ AIDs.