Abuja- President Goodluck Jonathan has instructed the National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA) to produce a new blueprint for the eradication of HIV and AIDS.
Jonathan disclosed this on Monday when he received Dr Mark Dybul, the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, at the State House, Abuja.
He said the blueprint would state necessary milestones and clearly define responsibilities of all stakeholders and expected results.
Jonathan noted that a multi-faceted approach to eradicate malaria was also receiving attention.
He said Nigeria appreciated the huge investments by the international community, especially the G-8 nations, in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and other diseases.
The President assured Dybul that the country was totally committed to making sure that things go right in the health sector.
He also stressed the country’s readiness to continue to collaborate with the Global Fund, and restated his commitment to ensuring the eradication of polio by 2015.
Jonathan welcomed the invitation to be a Co-Chair, representing Africa, at the next replenishment cycle of the Global Fund, describing it as ‘an honour’ to Nigeria.
Other Co-Chairs are the UN Secretary General, one leader each from the G-8, the BRICS nations and the private sector.
In his comments, Dybul said the Global Fund was interested in strengthening the partnership with Nigeria, in order to facilitate the development of its health care sector.
He expressed appreciation to Jonathan for his support for the activities of the Global Fund in the country.
The Executive Director was accompanied on the visit by Dr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, the Chairman of Friends of Africa.