No fewer than 350,000 folks residing with HIV had been recognized throughout the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
The Director-Common of the Nationwide Company for the Management of AIDS, Dr Gambo Gumel Aliyu, stated this throughout PUNCH On-line Stay interview on Tuesday.
Based on him, Nigeria’s HIV response throughout the pandemic is rated as top-of-the-line on this planet.
He defined that the nation was in a position to develop a survival technique that permits it to deal with the pandemic and HIV administration concurrently.
Aliyu stated, “COVID-19 affected HIV response very minimally at first. Nevertheless, after the primary and second months, HIV response got here again to life. That is one factor that Nigeria did properly that so many international locations didn’t.
“Finally, we realised that we’re coping with two epidemics, we created a survival technique and be certain that there is no such thing as a setback.
“On an annual foundation, we establish and convey to therapy about 50,000 people, however throughout the COVID-19 interval – the final 18 months, we’re in a position to carry to therapy 350,000 individuals who haven’t been recognized prior to now. We recognized 350,000 folks throughout the pandemic they usually acquired HIV therapies.
“That is one thing that no different nation has finished that besides Nigeria.”