Halt HIV/AIDS spread by 2030, UNAIDS tasks NACA
The UN Joint Programme on HIV/ AIDS (UNAIDS) has asked National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) to develop a framework that would eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV by 2020 and halt AIDS by 2030.
Country Director, UNAIDS, Dr Bilali Camara gave the task in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday.
Camara said President Muhamadu Buhari had made it clear to the world that Nigeria would play its role in the processes to ensure that HIV/AIDS became a history by 2030.
He said UNAIDS would work with all the national structures such as NACA, state governments and other bodies to be able to move together and make it a reality.
According to Camara, the UN General Assembly meeting has approved the 90-90-90 target and it was endorsed by all the UN member states.
“The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released its guidelines on the target and called it ‘treat all.’
“Meaning that anybody tested positive of HIV/AIDS must be treated irrespective of his CD4 count as soon as possible,’’ he said.
Camara said the president laid his commitment and vision on the new ambitious target of fighting the disease in Nigeria.
From left: President, Nigerian Institute of Management, Dr Nelson Uwaga; Osun State Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori; and main theme speaker, Prince Julius Adelusi Adeluyi, at the 2015 annual national management conference in Abuja, yesterday.