President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a renewed global action to decisively address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and eliminate the disease by 2030.
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the president spoke at a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS to review the progress on commitment to end the deadly disease by 2030 and provide recommendations to guide and monitor response in countries.
The president addressed the meeting in a video message.
Pledging Nigeria’s full commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international and regional initiatives towards eliminating HIV & AIDs in the world within the set goal, President Buhari said:
‘’We will continue to work with fellow Heads of State and Government across the continent to ensure sustained high-level political engagement in achieving these goals.
‘’I want to reiterate Nigerian Government’s full support for a clear and ambitious Common African Position and New Political Declaration that can help to reduce the public health threat of HIV/AIDS, strengthen resilience to end the disease, and in addressing current & future health emergencies.
‘’We further commit to urgently translating all new and agreed Political Declarations into country action as a means of decisively addressing the HIV epidemic in the African region.’’
Apprising the meeting of Nigeria’s response to control the disease, the President expressed delight that the country “has moved from a data poor to a data rich country with the results of the largest AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey, conducted in 2018.’’
He added that the result of this survey has enabled Nigeria to set realistic targets and identify those who were not being reached with the necessary services.