Country Director of UNAIDS, Mr Bilali Camara, Friday said that 3.4million Nigerians are living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. He said that in 2014 alone, 60,000 children were infected.
Camara made this disclosure during a courtesy visit to the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila.
He said the trend has put Nigeria on the scale of nations that need to do more to curb the scourge of HIV/Aids, adding that it’s the duty of interventionist agencies like the UN to alert nations on the need for more effective actions aimed at curbing the menace.
He advised the Nigerian government to encourage pharmaceutical companies to produce antiretroviral (ARV) drugs locally rather than relying on imported ones.
“We as Africans have a responsibility to take up the global initiative on Aids for the benefit of our people. Domestic resources have proved inadequate to match the global drive for eradication of the disease.
“We must make sure that investment coming from outside is matched with what we are making inside as Africans,” he said.
The House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila in his response expressed dismay at the magnitude of the scourge with regards to the figures reeled out, saying that HIV/AIDS has clearly become a human right issue that requires more commitment from all stakeholders.