1.5 million Nigerians, living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), are now been treated with antiretroviral drug.
The figure, according to the federal government, is 66,614 higher that what was recorded, at the end of last year.
Health minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole, who made this known at the 60th edition of the National Council on Health in Abeokuta, said the federal government is worried over the rising cases of the disease in the country.
Meanwhile, the federal government has assured that the first two centres for the treatment of cancer will be ready for public use, in the first quarter of 2018.
The Health Minister said this will reduce the burden faced by Nigerians who require treatment for complex cases, such as oncology, renal and cardiology care.
According to the minister, data suggests that, over $1 billion is spent annually on medical tourism by Nigerians, the situation he described as unacceptable and needs to be addressed decisively.
He said the federal government has entered into strategical alliance with the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), to co-invest in centres of excellence to be co-located with selected teaching hospitals, across the six geopolitical zones and the Federal Capital Territory.