The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has assured Nigerians of the ministry’s commitment to ending AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Speaking at the World AIDS Day event today, 1st of December 2020, Ehanire said “we are committed to achieving epidemic control & the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030”
Acknowledging the Network of People Living with HIV, the honorable minister said “I wish to specially recognize the Network of People Living with HIV in Nigeria for the important role they play in reaching patient communities all across the country in ensuring that patients access their drugs continuously”.
Dr. Ehanire also stated the challenges faced by the ministry saying, “progress in the “Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission” remains challenging; but we remain resolute in our goal to eliminate Mother-to-Child-Transmission of HIV”.
He marked out the strategies that should be kept in place to achieving this goal, stating that, “we reaffirm the critical role of our country’s ownership & sustainability as important elements of the endeavor including domestic investment, an enabling environment & ensuring people-centered policy-making and implementation”.
World AIDS Day is observed on December 1st every year. World AIDS Day is dedicated to spreading awareness about the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which is spread by a virus called human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, HIV prevention, testing and treatment are all being disrupted worldwide particularly in countries where healthcare infrastructure is weak. According to the World Health Organisation, the “breakdown in essential HIV services due to COVID-19 is threatening lives”.
“We must fight on with passion and we must keep human rights at the centre of our societies and of our health systems, or we will not end the HIV epidemic,” Executive Director of UNAIDS said in her message on World AIDS Day.