THE NATIONAL Agency
for the Control of AIDS,
NACA, says it has developed
sustainable plan for the funding
of comprehensive care for more
people living with HIV-AIDS.
Dr Sani Aliyu, Director-
General, NACA disclosed this
in an interview with the News
Agency of Nigeria,( NAN) on
Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that in the new plan,
state governments and the FCT
were expected to contribute
a total of N23 billion for the
programme.
According to him, NACA
is to ensure the realisation of
the contribution and the use
of the money for the purpose
intended.
The Director-General said
that the money would be
generated through deduction
of one per cent from the Federal
Government‘s statutory
allocation to the states and FCT.
“We made a presentation
to the National Economic Council and we discussed the
possibility of contributing up
to one per cent of the monthly
federal allocation to states
to boost HIV/AIDS response
programme.
“Through such contribution,
we will be able to generate
about N23billion.
“We are not saying the money
should come to NACA but
states should direct the money
to the HIV-AIDS response
programme.
“In 2016, almost 99 per
cent of the entire HIV/AIDS
commodities were brought
in by the international
donor agencies, government
contributed just one per cent.
“Clearly, we cannot continue
to have this huge dependency
for a health problem that is a
Nigeria’s problem,’’ Aliyu said.
According to him, the
initiative will allow 50 per
cent of the people living with
HIV/AIDS to be enrolled into
treatment schemes.
Aliyu said other options
include integrating HIV-AIDS
treatment into the National
Health Insurance Scheme,
NHIS, and community health
insurance scheme.
He said the agency had been
in discussions with National
Health Insurance Scheme,
NHIS, and some state governors
making efforts to introduce
state health insurance scheme
on the issue.
Aliyu expressed optimism
the initiative would provide
sustainability to HIV-AIDS
response programmes.
He lamented that out of pocket
expenses for the people living
with HIV-AIDS had been on a
high side, adding that they were
also made to pay for laboratory
services and other charges.
According to Aliyu, having a
health insurance scheme that
covers all the medical expenses
of for people with HIV-AIDS
would cushion the financial
impact on their treatment. He said when he assumed
office in January 2017, one of
the things he noted was the
huge donor dependency on
the National HIV response
programme.
The director-general said
there were little above one
million people on treatment
for HIV-AIDS across the
country, adding that only 60,
000 were sponsored by the
Federal Government through
Taraba and Abia States
response programme.
He also said the rest were
sponsored by the foreign
donors either through the
United State Government
Presidential Emergency
Programme for AIDS
Response, PEPFAR, or the
Global Fund response.
The Director-General said
available data showed that
out of the number, over three
million Nigerians affected by
HIV/AIDS needed to stay on
treatment for life.

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