Metro NACA Embarks on Nationwide Free HIV/Aids Testing and Counselling



In-order to meet the 2030 United Nations deadline for the eradication of HIV/Aids, National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) has launched a full-fledged campaign of testing and counselling of persons living with HIV/Aids in several cities and rural areas in the country, Africa Independent reports.

According to UNAids, Nigeria is currently rank second, after South Africa, as the country with the highest number of HIV/Aids cases in the world with 3.4 million people currently live with the virus in Nigeria.

The 2030 HIV/Aids eradication deadline was reached at the United Nations summit held in New York. HIV/Aids is captured under the Sustainable Development Goals, which seeks to ensure healthy lives and wellbeing for all by grouping together HIV/Aids, maternal and child health, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.


While speaking during one of the free counselling and testing campaigns in Abuja, in December, Project Director of NACA, Dr. Sebastian Wakdok stated that the major beneficiaries of the campaign would be rural dwellers that ordinarily would have difficulty accessing healthcare.

The campaigns have kicked off all over the country. In Plateau, a state in northern Nigeria, 50 doctors converged to carry out free counselling and testing on HIV/Aids and hepatitis-B, blood pressure, hypertension and diabetic screening for residents of the area.