President Muhammadu Buhari has canvassed for a renewed global action to decisively address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African region and eliminate the disease by 2030.

The president, according to a statement issued yesterday by his Media Adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, spoke at a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS to review the progress on the commitment to end the deadly disease by 2030 and provide recommendations to guide and monitor response in countries.

Buhari, who addressed the meeting via a video message, pledged Nigeria’s full commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and other international and regional initiatives towards eliminating HIV & AIDs in the world within the set goal.

According to him, “We will continue to work with fellow Heads of State and Government across the continent to ensure sustained high-level political engagement in achieving these goals.

“I want to reiterate Nigerian Government’s full support for a clear and ambitious Common African Position & New Political Declaration that can help to reduce the public health threat of HIV/AIDS, strengthen resilience to end the disease, and in addressing current & future health emergencies.

“We further commit to urgently translating all new and agreed Political Declarations into country acts as a means of decisively addressing the HIV epidemic in the African region.”

Briefing the meeting of Nigeria’s response to control the disease, the President expressed delight that the country “has moved from a data-poor to a data-rich country with the results of the largest AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey, conducted in 2018.”