Breaking News-HIV/AIDS Drugs To Be Manufactured In Nigeria - UNAIDS

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Dr Bilali Camara, UNAIDS Country
Director, said on Thursday that four
companies will commence production
of anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria. Camara, who is also the UNAIDS Focal
Point for ECOWAS, disclosed in an
interview with newsmen in Abuja. He
said the local production of anti-
retroviral drugs would enable people
access treatment at a cheaper rate. He added that it will also help those
on life treatment, stressing that
people live on treatment for 15 to 30
years. “We have commenced negotiations
with four pharmaceutical companies;
the companies have been certified by
the World Health Organisation (WHO)
for the general manufacturing
practices,” he said. The official said WHO would assist to conduct the
prequalification processes, “and as
soon as that is concluded they will
commence the production of the anti-
retroviral drugs in Nigeria’’. Camara said many West and Central
African states would benefit from the
production, because nobody is
producing the drugs in this region. He
added that beside Nigeria, seven
million other people may need the drugs for treatment from West and
Central Africa, which shows that there
is good return of investment to the
companies. In related development,
Camara said UNAIDS would enter into
partnership with telecommunication companies to ensure that basic
information about HIV/AIDS was
advertised. He said this would assist to further
increase access to treatment to 101
million people in Nigeria are
targeted. “We want to give more
people access to basic information on
HIV/AIDS. We want our target to know how to prevent mother to child
transmission of HIV where and how
to get HIV/AIDS related services.So
that in the next few years we have
more people accessing the services
which many result into many infants born HIV positive mothers and born
infants without the disease,” he said. According to him, “if we do it
correctly it will effect on the overall
HIV transmission in the country’’.
Camara said: “Things are going in the
right direction, more people are on
treatment, more people are accessing preventive measures and new
infections are coming down. It is not
as speedy as we want it but clearly
things are on the right track.”
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