Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr Sani Aliyuhas, says one million people might die of HIV/AIDS in 2022 if the disease was not taken seriously.
Aliyuhas urged Nigeria to take full sponsorship of its HIV/AIDS programme to prevent the disaster from happening.
Aliyu, who stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents in Abuja on Sunday, said government taking over the ownership of the programme had become imperative in view of the dwindling resources coming from foreign donors.
According to him, at the moment, almost one million Nigerians are on HIV treatment with only about 60,000 of them being catered for by the Federal Government through ”The Taraba and Abia project”.
He said about 700,000 HIV positive Nigerians were catered for by the U. S. government, while remaining 240,000 people were being treated through funds donated by other global organisations.
He, therefore, warned that ”if our major donors decide to stop funding HIV/AIDs programme, almost a million Nigerians will come off the treatments.
I can tell you as a physician that if those one million people are out of treatment statistically most of them will be dead in the next five years.
HIV will not go away. You just don’t sit down and pretend it is not a problem simply because somebody is paying for treatment for your citizens. You have to sit up and do it yourself.