President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday called for a renewed global action to decisively address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African region and eliminate the disease by 2030.
He made the call while speaking at a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on HIVAIDS to review the progress on commitment to end the deadly disease by 2030 and provide recommendations to guide and monitor response in countries.
Addressing the meeting on Tuesday in a video message, Buhari promised Nigeria’s full commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and other international and regional initiatives towards eliminating HIV & AIDs in the world within the set goal.
He said Nigeria had made good its commitment at the high-level meeting side event at the 72nd Session of the UNGA in September 2017 to commence placing 50,000 Nigerians living with HIV on treatment annually, using national resources.
”Furthermore, I personally granted an exceptional waiver for the use of competitive international tender facilities to procure antiretroviral medicines at more than 30% cost efficiency, enabling more Nigerians to be placed on life-saving antiretroviral treatment within the same budget,” he said.