As at today, add up to number of Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS is 2,600,000. Grown-ups between the ages of 15 and 49 have the most elevated rate.
Ladies living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria of today number up to 1,400,000, while youngsters number up to 220,000. Up to 170,000 Nigerians have kicked the bucket from HIV/AIDS. Number of vagrants delivered accordingly is up to 1,200,000.
The above is the present insights. In any case, let us go down history path to find how Nigeria came to be scourged by HIV/AIDS as it is today.
The initial two instances of HIV in Nigeria were identified in 1985. It was later announced in 1986 at the International AIDS meeting.
Up to 6 more cases were recognized in 1987. This was the point at which the Nigerian government chose to build up National AIDS Advisory Committee. Afterward, the National Expert Advisory Committee on AIDS (NEACA) was built up.
Reaction by the Nigerian government to HIV was moderate at the underlying stage. The Federal Ministry of Health made its first genuine endeavor to evaluate the AIDS circumstance in Nigeria in 1991, quite a long while after HIV was first distinguished in Nigeria.
As indicated by the outcome produced by the Federal Ministry of Health, up to 1.8% of the Nigerian populace was tainted with HIV. Consequently, the rate rose to 3.8% 2 years after the fact; that was in 1993. In 1998 be that as it may, up to 4.5% was recorded.
Olusegun Obasanjo however made HIV anticipation, treatment and care one of the essential worries of his administration when he progressed toward becoming president in 1999. This realized the foundation of National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA).
A 3-year HIV/AIDS Emergency Action Plan (HEAP) was likewise set up by the Obasanjo organization in 2001. The Organization of African Unity’s first African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases was held in 2001 by the Obasanjo organization.
The legislature later built up another structure in 2005 to cover 2005 to 2009. It was evaluated in 2006 that lone 10% of people tainted with HIV were been given treatment at the STD wellbeing centers. The report likewise expressed that lone 7% of pregnant ladies tainted with HIV are being given treatment towards diminishing mother-to-kid transmission of the viral disease.
National Strategic Framework was propelled by NACA in 2010 to cover from 2010 to 2015. This program required about N756 billion to empower execution.
A portion of the objectives of the program was to reach up to 80% of grown-ups that are sexually dynamic and to reach up to 80% of those among the populace that are for the most part in danger. The program expected to give the required HIV guiding and testing for these people by 2015.
Besides, the program expected to guarantee up to 80% of the grown-ups qualified get ART by the year 2015. It likewise proposed to guarantee up to 100% of kids qualified for it are being given ART. For the most part, the program planned to make accessible quality care and bolster administrations to least of half of these people by the year 2015.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) appraised Nigeria to be at number 158 out of 177 among nations effectively battling the scourge of HIV/AIDS.