NACA says it has identified 1.7 million Nigerians living with HIV

National for the Control of AIDS (NACA) says it has identified 1.7 million out of 1.9 million Nigerians with HIV.

Mr Alex Ogundipe, its Director, Community Prevention, Care and Support Services told the News of Nigeria (NAN) in on Wednesday that 1.7 million afflicted had been enrolled for treatment.

“Our is to identify people with the virus; there are supposed to about 1.9 million Nigerians.

“It is our to identify and enrol all of them for care and I believe we are doing well because we have identified 1.7 million of them.

“NACA is on the right path in terms of its to coordinate activities on HIV response.

“You must objective on how you rate or assess yourself. You must ask: is the assessment from the eyes of who give you money, of beneficiaries of your services or other partners?

“These are the criteria we check once in a while to help fine-tune our services,’’ he said.

On the moribund nature of State Agencies for the control of AIDS (SACA), Ogundipe maintained that SACA was a branch of NACA as they belonged to states.

He explained that it was the of NACA to train, guide and give policy direction to SACA officials, but it behoved the state governments to fund them and they carried out HIV response services. (NAN)