Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr. Sani Aliyu has said that 900,000 HIV patients are receiving treatment in Nigeria.
He said this while answering questions on Thursday in Abuja at the Nigeria Health Watch Forum titled: “Does Leadership Matters?”
Aliyu said that donor agencies fund 70 per cent of HIV/AIDS treatment, 20 per cent is sourced from the government while 10 per cent fund comes from the private sector.
The DG noted that the funding ratio is bad and it is important NACA liaise with lawmakers for adequate funding of the sector.
Aliyu said education, security, and health are vital sectors in a democratic setting and the development of a nation will be deterred if the populace were unhealthy.
He also said that leadership was all about work and engaging the services of the lower cadre to improve service delivery.
“I should be held accountable for my actions with regard to those living with HIV/AIDS and we promise that we will do our best to deliver on our mandate.
“There is no way an agency can do it alone; it requires collaborative efforts of others to succeed in its promises.
“The problem with the system is that people tend to follow shortcut which amount to corruption rather than following due process which is the major challenge in the system in general.
“We appeal to the government to prioritise investment for health and we promise to be open to criticisms when the need arises with regard to the amount allocated and spent,’’ Aliyu said.