The Wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun has charged youth in the State to share true love and affection between one another and not Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Mrs. Abiodun gave the charge at the flag-off of the 2020 Valentine’s Day programme, with the theme, ‘Share Love not HIV’, organised by the Ogun State Agency for Control of AIDS (OGSACA), held at the Matriculation Ground, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta.
She said the Day symbolises love, peace and unity among different age groups all over the world and should be celebrated with moderation, enjoining youths to know their HIV status, as it could be contacted from sexual relationships and other means such as, sharing sharp objects, manicure and pedicure kits, blood transfusion, among others.
According to her, the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration was very passionate about education and would do everything to promote it, while discouraging any form of disruption in the education of youths.
Also speaking, Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, who was represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ayinde Adesanya, advised youths to abstain from sexual relationship while celebrating, in order to protect their future.
The Executive Director and Project Manager, OGSACA, Dr. Kehinde Fatungase, in his speech said, the State could reach zero level incidence, if all citizens know their status, people living with HIV take their medication as prescribed and youths abstain from unprotected sexual activities, adding that mother to child transmission would also be eradicated.
Earlier, the Acting Rector, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Dr. Adeoye Adedeji, commended Mrs. Abiodun for her motherly role to the leaders of tomorrow, promising to ensure that students were encouraged to know their HIV status.