National AIDS Survey records success in Anambra State – NACA

Gloria Essien, Awka


The ongoing Nigeria Indicator and Impact Survey NAIIS aimed at getting accurate data of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria has been described as successful in Anambra state, Eastern Nigeria.

The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of Aids, Dr Sani Aliyu, gave the assessment in Awka the Anambra state capital while monitoring the survey.

He also said that the he decided to monitor the NAIIS survey in Anambra to have firsthand knowledge of what is happening in the field.

The DG who was represented by Dr. Priscilia Ibekwe, said that the survey is expected to cover one hundred and eighty thousand (180,000) respondents nationwide, eighty eight thousand, seven hundred and seventy five (88,775) households in the seven hundred and seventy four (774) Local Government Areas in the country.

Dr. Aliyu also encouraged people working in the survey to see it as a national assignment that would write their names in gold on completion.

He noted that most of the minor errors observed would be corrected in subsequent states where the survey would take place.

The South East Zonal Coordinator of NAIIS, Dr. Ejike Nwene, while briefing the DG’s Monitoring Team, said that the work in Anambra has been interesting.

High Acceptance Rate
He noted that there’s a 98% per cent interview acceptance rate in the state.

He also pointed out that minor challenges were encountered in the state like most Enumerated areas being displaced by flood, students being on vacation and some households being occupied by old people.

Dr. Nwene also said that there are two hundred and thirty 230 personnel made up of Laboratorians, Interviewers, Site Laboratorians, Trackers and Community Guides, working in 100 Enumerated Areas in Anambra, divided into 25 teams.

He stressed that there’s also a lot of support from the state government and willingness to take part in the process by respondents.

The Zonal Coordinator added that more enlightenment needs to be carried out for more Nigerians to be aware of what is going on.

Successful Outing
The lead Laboratorian at the Amakwu General Hospital Awka, Dr. Austin, told the team that sample collections are carefully done and that everything is in place for a successful outing.

One of the team leaders in Amawbia, Ms Ifeoma Onyedika, thanked NACA for the opportunity to serve but complained of lack of incentives.

She said that most people who take part in the survey usually ask for condoms to stay safe.

On his part, one of the Field Laboratorians, Mr. Nkuda Theophilous, complained about people’s resistance when it comes to drawing of blood for testing as part of the survey.

He also urged the government to look into the health Workers Hazard allowance as the job is a risky one.

The team at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, said that they work late into the night to be able to reach respondents who are mostly traders.

The 2018 Nigeria Aids Indicator and Impact Survey is funded by the US government, Global Fund and the Nigerian government to the tune of $100m.