ABUJA—ABOUT 1,884,618 Nigerians living with Human Immuno Virus, HIV, risk death if the Federal Government refuses to provide N58 billion for Anti Retroviral Therapy, ART, for their treatment. About 95 percent of the infected patients largely depend on the ART from the United States, US, government and Global Fund, which has been drastically scaled down as a result of Nigeria’s refusal to accede to gay union.
“Presently, the US government has scaled down its scale-up of service in the remaining 737 Local Government areas.“In addition, the US government has also withdrawn support for laboratory services which the people living with HIV, PLWHIV, on ART requires to conduct periodically to monitor their state of health.”
The Abdulmumin Jibrin-led Appropriation Committee however expressed determination to assist NACA after a comprehensive reconciliation of the funds expended the previous year has been carried out. The Appropriation Committee also said it will give serious consideration to an additional N150m requested by the Commodity Market for its 2016 activities.