National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) said preliminary findings from its needle and syringe pilot programme have shown promising results in helping to stop the spread of HIV among people who inject drugs (PWID).
The director-general of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja during the presentation of an assessment of the “Pilot and Syringe Programme” for people who inject drugs in Nigeria.
Findings from the pilot study which was conducted in Abia, Gombe and Oyo states between July-November 2020 indicated that scaling up a needle and syringe strategy among PWID for both men and women is feasible in Nigeria not only for the prevention of HIV but also viral hepatitis B and C and Tuberculosis.
Aliyu said the study provided useful insights into the challenges of HIV spread by drugs injected through needle and syringe among PWID and to fashion out the best feasible ways to make the services available to them.
“We will study the report and look at how we can use the knowledge to inform our programmes, we are looking at how to scale up the services of this pilot study to get insights into the challenges and the best feasible ways to make this services available to people who needed them most and we can use this programme to prevent the spread of HIV among people who inject drugs”, he said.