Nigeria’s health sector faces a reversal of current gains as donors are set to withdraw their grants. The country, having the largest economy on the continent, is no longer qualified to receive grants to improve its health sector.
The Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Professor John Idoko, said on Tuesday that funding for HIV activities was worrisome. He said according to agreements signed, the country, by 2015, should be able to provide up to 50 percent of funds for HIV activities.
“Clearly we are not doing well, we are the second most burdened country after South Africa. South Africa has about six million people with HIV and it contributes 90 per cent of funding for its HIV response. Currently, they have over three million people on drugs,” he said at a press conference to commence this year’s World AIDS Day in Abuja.