The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) says people who inject drugs constitute a significant number of people living with HIV/AIDS noting that it is their duty to rehabilitate these people in order ro control the spread of this diseases.
The Director General of NACA Dr. Gambo Aliyu stated this on Wednesday at the Presentation of the Evaluation report of the needle and syringe pilot program in Abia, Gombe and Oyo State.
According to him, over 44,000 people who inject drugs as of today has been identified noting that this population growth is at a high risk of HIV/AIDS infections and hepatitis B and C
Dr. Aliyu expressed joy over the country’s opportunity to pilot round the strategy of making needles and syringes to people who inject drugs available to make sure they don’t exchange needles and in the process they don’t exchange HIV and hepatitis B and C.
On his part, the country Cordinator, Institute for Global Public Health University of Manitoba Dr. Kalada Green said the aim of the programme is for having feasibility of needle and syringe programme in accordance with WHO guidelines implemented in the country to help reduce HIV prevalence amongst people who inject drugs.
Health TV reports that the Needle and Syringe pilot programme is funded by global funds and supervised by the Federal Ministry of Health and NACA.