The Ogun State Head of Service, Engr. Lanre Bisiriyu has enjoined people living with HIV/AIDs to adhere to medical prescriptions and counselling, so as to stay healthy and live a normal life.
Engr. Bisiriyu said this at the official launch of the Community HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria Preventive Education, organised by Ogun State Agency for the control of AIDs (OGSACA), in collaboration with Total Group Nigeria Limited, and Upstream Nigeria Limited, held at Total Service Station, Epe Garage, Ijebu Ode.
Engr. Bisiriyu, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Dr. Adesanya Ayinde, said with proper counselling and adequate sensitisation, a person living with HIV/AIDs can live a normal life, adding that health facilities have advanced to a more sophisticated dimension to address the scourge.
“It is possible for anyone living with HIV/AIDs to go on with life, in as much as he or she adheres to medical prescription and counselling from specialised practitioners. It is important that people living with the scourge see themselves as normal people, who deserves to enjoy the goodness of nature and believe that they are not walking corpses”, he said.
The Director, OGSACA, Dr. Kehinde Fatungase, admonished the populace to take advantage of the opportunity to know their status on HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria, advising those with multiple sex partners to endeavours to always use condoms carefully, adding that over 10,000 people have so far benefited from the exercise in the selected seven Local Government Areas of the State.
In her keynote address, the Executive General Manager, Total country services, Mrs. Bunmi Popoola, said the organisation was committed to positively impacting lives of Nigerians through health education, preventive measures and awareness creation on HIV/AIDs management, informing that the project involved training of peer educators on global approach to the management of HIV/AIDs associated illnesses like Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and Malaria.
Popoola further stated that the project’s intention was to deliver a comprehensive and preventive health education, which would ensure that uninfected persons stay free of the epidemic, while infected persons receives necessary supports through the free HIV voluntary counselling and testing service.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Business Coalition Agency on AIDs (NIBUCAA), Mr. Gbenga Alabi, said it was imperative for enterprises to collaborate with government to address the growing challenges on HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria, maintaining that, no sector can afford to ignore the inter relatedness of these viruses .
In her contribution, the Coordinator of people living with HIV/AIDs in Ogun State, Mrs. Bukola Bintu, appealed to the populace to avail themselves of the opportunities by the ongoing free HIV/AIDs counselling and testing, adding that the public should put an end to stigmatisation and discrimination against people living with AIDs.
Mrs. Bintu stressed that the virus can be contacted through sex, sharp objects such as needle, razor, sharing of clipper, as well as from mother to child, encouraging individuals to love and care for people living with the virus.