Yemisi Ajayi, Ibadan
The Oyo State government through the Oyo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (OYSACA) has kicked started a 7 days program, to commemorate this year World AIDS day, tagged ” Know your Status”.
Penpushing report that this was disclosed in an address delivered by the wife of the executive governor of Oyo State, Dr. Mrs. Florence Ajimobi who is also the Chairperson of Oyo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (OYSACA).
While speaking on behalf of the wife of the Oyo State governor, the Project Manager of the Agency, Dr. Olukayode Ogunkunle said the program is a yearly event put together by the Oyo State government to sensitize Nigerians particularly the Oyo State people on how to know their HIV status, what they should do if they have already connected it, and some precautionary measure to take in order to prevent them from contacting the diseases.
Hear him ‘ this week long event is to enlightened our people on HIV stigmatisation, and to advice them to check their status, and for them to know how to properly manage themselves if they are been infected by the diseases.
“We are targeting 15,000 people so that all the people tested positive will be recommended for treatment in some places designated for HIV treatment across the state.
He added that Nigerian youth who are leaders of tomorrow are mostly affected by this diseases, noting that 2014 survey has shown that 1.9% of people living in the state are affected by HIV.
” Oyo State government was ranked 2nd in terms of financial support towards the control of HIV out of the 36 state of the federation, Oyo State government are trying their best but we still implore them to do more.
” OYSACA has rolled out the seven day program of events starting from today Friday, 23rd of November to Saturday 1st of December, 2018.
Day 1 – Friday 23rd of November: Press Briefing at OYSACA office followed by Jumat Service at Central Mosque, Oja Oba with HIV testing at the mosque and hotspots around its environs by 1pm.
Day 2 – Sunday 25th November: Church thanks giving service at Bishop Oyebode Memorial Anglican Church, Agugu, Ibadan by 10am.
Day 3 – Monday 26th November: Youth Festival at Iseyin with HIV Testing Services (HTS) at hotspot in the town by10am, which is in conjunction with Impressive Media Concept.
Day 4 – Tuesday 27th November: Teams from OYSACA and Ministry of Women Affairs will visit orphanages in the state where educational materials and toiletries will be donated, these orphanages include:-
Galilee Foundation, Ring Road, Ibadan
Winners Castle of Love Orphanage, Oni and Sons way, Ring Road, Ibadan
Love Trust Foundation, Ikolaba GRA, Ibadan
Eternal Father Home of Divine Mercy for Children, Akeetan Titun, Oyo.
Christiana Olawummi Foundation, Idi-Oro area, Ogbomoso
Day 5 – Wednesday 28th November: A program targeting secondary schools youths featuring debate and presentation of prize and awards to outstanding students will be held at House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan by 11am.
Day 6 – Thursday 29th November: Youth festival at Oyo town with HIV testing at hotspot in all LGAs within Oyo town and its environs.
Day 7 – Saturday 1st December: Grand finale rally involving health outreach including HIV testing and mega jam at Adamasingba stadium, Ibadan
Dr. Ogunkunle however urged all the people to go out for the HIV test for them to know their health status adding that this will go along way in strengthened their health and make them to live healthy.