The Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Ademola Onakomaiya, has said that FCT remains one of the most burdened states in the country with over 60, 000 people having HIV and significant gaps in treatment as well as limited domestic financing of the disease. He said the common goal of the FCT Administration is to halt and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015.
Onakomaiya, who said this during the inauguration of the FCT Management Team for HIV/ Aids Response in Abuja on Friday, stated that in spite of the prevalence of the disease among residents of FCT, there has been visible progress in the last five years in the control of the disease.
He said the national HIV prevalence has levelled out and started a decline and Nigeria is currently classified as having a stable change in the incidence rate of HIV infection among adults.
“The effective and increasing access to Anti-Retro viral Treatment (ART) services in FCT has gradually changed the perception and reality of HIV/AIDs infection as a terminal disease to chronic illness, requiring regular and sustained care and support,” he added.
According to the secretary, many people now have access to anti retro viral drugs when compared to five years ago with impact of behaviour interventions are beginning to become manifest.
He thanked the Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed for setting up the FCT Management Team for HIV/AIDS Response and also expressed gratitude to UNAIDS and UNICEF for providing funds for the training of ‘HIV Governance and Leadership Programme’ for members of the FCT management team; adding that through this training, the members are better positioned to carry out the task ahead of them.
“The FCT administration is studying the communique issued by members of his team on the modalities of its implementation,” the secretary assured.
He called on stakeholders to join hands in marching towards the end of AIDS by implementing President’s Comprehensive Response Plan (PCPR).