The Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, CiSHAN, is to commence an HIV self-testing campaign targeted at Ten Million Nigerians.
The Executive Secretary of CiSHAN, Dr Walter Ugwuocha stated this during a virtual media round table to flag-off the National Campaign for HIV self-testing in the country.
Dr Ugwuocha noted that the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic had hindered patients from accessing HIV treatment services causing Nigeria to lag behind in achieving it’s first 95 of the 95-95-95 target by 2030.
The Executive Secretary of CiSHAN expressed confidence that the HIV self-testing campaign will lead to finding missing HIV cases which are over Seven hundred thousand in the country.
He also called on the Federal and State Government’s as well as relevant stakeholders to procure and distribute the self-testing kits for increased coverage of HIV testing in the country.
The Chief Executive officer of Center for Integrated Health Programmes, CIHP, Dr Bola Oyeledun noted that the Programme has tested almost Two Million pregnant women for HIV with Fifty Five thousand of them on treatment.
She said that the CIHP is institutionalizing a standardized distribution system to effectively reach the rural areas.
Dr Oyeledun called for effective messaging systems that would help to disseminate appreciate information to the populace.