The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS has commended the Federal Government for the measures taken towards sustaining the HIV treatment programme in the country .
The UN and the United States Embassy of Nigeria said they acknowledged Nigeria’ s commitments and recent bold actions in ending HIV / AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 .
In a joint statement titled ‘ Nigeria’ s bold steps towards national ownership and sustainability of HIV treatment programme , ’ by the Advocacy Office of UNAIDS in Nigeria, the development partners ’ leadership on HIV commended Nigeria for the bold steps towards national ownership and sustainability of the HIV treatment programme .
They noted that ‘ this undeterred political will and commitment ’ was demonstrated through the historic commitment to maintain 60 , 000 Nigerian PLHIV on treatment financed by the government , while making additional government resources available to put a further 50 , 000 on treatment annually.
They also commended the Federal Government for the re – establishment of the National Treatment and PMTCT Programme in November , 2018 , to provide the framework for budget appropriation , drive harmonisation and alignment of the development partners ’ HIV investments , and foster country leadership , ownership and long- term sustainability .
The development partners also said the government showed commitment in the budgetary appropriation and timely release of funds for increased coverage of life -saving antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV in Nigeria.
The UN Resident Coordinator , Mr Edward Kallon , was quoted as saying the commitment of the Federal Government had increased the coverage of life – saving antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV in Nigeria , ensuring that more than 100 ,000 Nigerians were sustained on treatment .