Sunday, 27 September 2015

Buhari Urges World Leaders To Intensify Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit at the headquarters of the world body in New York, President Buhari said what was required in the continued fight against HIV/AIDS was improved health delivery system, education, and cheaper production of anti – retroviral drugs through technology exchange.

He pressed further that countries should also look at the whole field of Medicare and strengthen partnership with all stakeholders including the civil society, inter- faith and cultural bodies for education and dissemination of information at all levels.

He added that Nigeria would also like to call upon all pharmaceutical companies for more cooperation and understanding in reducing the cost of anti – retroviral drugs through production of generic items.

“Nigeria will continue to work with development partners and key stakeholders to strengthen the means of implementation of the SDGs as elaborated in the Post- 2015 Development Agenda. At the continental level, Nigeria remains fully committed to the outcome of the Abuja process as evident in the 2002 Declaration, the Action Framework on Roll – Back Malaria. In addition, the 2013 Abuja + 12 Declaration is a strong commitment towards eliminating HIV/AIDS in Africa by 2030.

“Globally, the United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS of 2011 is a major reference point for intensifying efforts to eliminate the epidemic” he said.

Buhari pressed further that Nigeria appreciates the support of our development partners for their support and commitment to the total eradication of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as other deadly communicable diseases, for example Ebola, when an epidemic arises.

His words: “ We are on the threshold of history as world leaders adopt the successor development agenda to the Millennium Development Goals. For over 30 years, HIV as a public health challenge has been causing havoc and untold hardship in virtually every part of the world. To date, several million children have been orphaned and some communities have been devastated, while economic activities have been disrupted.

“Unfortunately, Sub -Saharan Africa bears a disproportionate burden of this epidemic. The good news is that the effort of the global community has resulted in greater control, less spread and better management.

 Furthermore, we have made significant progress towards the interception of mother to child transmission of HIV. In 2014 alone, over 3million pregnant women were tested for HIV and 63,000 of these tested women, accessed anti-retroviral therapy.

He therefore encourage world leaders to continue in their efforts to sustain the fight against infant and maternal deaths, HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and other communicable diseases, high on the global development agenda. “Let us work together to make HIV and AIDS history by 2030” he concluded.

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