Halt HIV/AIDS spread by 2030, UNAIDS tasks NACA

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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.

Photo: Macjohn Akande

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.

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