By ThankGod Ogala
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has announced that Nigeria has recorded huge success in the fight against HIV/AIDS and complimented the APIN Public Health Initiatives in the role the organisation has played in achieving the said success.
The minister was speaking yesterday at the public presentation of the book, ‘Turning the Tide: AIDS in Nigeria,’ produced by APIN, which was held in Abuja.
The minister said the contribution of numerous prevention strategies and availability of drugs had led to changes in the narratives of the epidemic.
“We have achieved tremendous success in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. The contribution of highly anti-retroviral drugs and numerous prevention strategies resulted in phenomenal changes in the narrative. Even though a definitive cure has yet to be found, people living with HIV who have access to the drugs can now live normal life,” Adewole said.
The minister added that the disease could now be managed like any other chronic disease, adding that the country has witnessed a significant reduction in the prevalence even far lower than was recorded at the beginning of various interventions.
“Four weeks ago, President Muhammadu Buhari announced the result of the largest HIV related population-based survey. That result is something we are now celebrating. The prevalence rise from 1.8 per cent in 1991 to its peak of 5.8 per cent in 2001 and it began to decline. Today, 1.9 million people in Nigeria are infected,” the minister stated.