UNAIDS releases Nigeria’s rating of vision 90:90:90 for 2020

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Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), on Monday rated Nigeria 62:88:62 in the achievement of Vision 90:90:90 for the year 2020.

Vision 2020 is the projection of UNAIDS which stipulates that by the year 2020, about 90 per cent of people living with HIV/AIDS should be able to know their status.

While 90 per cent of them would be availed with anti-retroviral drugs for treatment, 90 per cent should receive viral suppression.

According to an authoritative source in UNAIDS, who quoted the figures from a survey by the organisation, Nigeria has a prospect of achieving progress in the area of treatment more than the other two.

“The 90:90:90 achievement for Nigeria is 62: 88: 68 while globally it is 79:78:86,” the source told reporters in Abuja.

According UNAIDS, these are the results of the global rating as at December 2018, for Nigeria as a whole.

UNAIDS said that from their survey, “subnational areas such as states or LGAs, the results vary greatly.”

UNAIDS however said that if the target was not successfully achieved for 2020, the vision was further extended to 95:95:95 by 2030.

Mr Batholomew Ochonye, Country Director of Heartland Alliance International (HAI), however, expressed optimism for a HIV free Nigeria.

Ochonye therefore called on Nigerians to join the global efforts of UNAIDS in achieving viral suppression by 2020.

Ime Njoku