NPA kicks off HIV/AIDS awareness campaign
AS part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in collaboration with the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization (ALCO) have commenced a sensitization campaign for stakeholders in the Nigerian transport and maritime sector on how to prevent HIV/ AIDS.
Tagged: “Getting To Zero” was flagged-off at the Tin Can Island Port with truck drivers, terminal operators, among others in attendance.
During the event, free HIV check was conducted and free condoms distributed.
Chairperson for the NPA/ ALCO project, Dr. Comfort Datong explained that the ‘Getting To Zero’ campaign is aimed at enlightening port users on HIV prevention methods and to control the spread of HIV in the Nigerian transport sector.
She explained that knowing the HIV status is the first step in preventing the spread of the virus, and that the NPA and the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization is committing it’s efforts in encouraging port users to know their HIV status and to educate them on the proper use of condoms.
According to her, once a patient is HIV positive, “The antiviral drugs distributed will bring down the viral load such that even if you are living without using condoms, the tendency or probability of you transmitting the decease to another person becomes low”
Datong explained that NPA HIV/AID awareness campaign has so far recorded a lot of success, adding that people are no longer living in fear.
On those detected with HIV virus, Dr. Datong said: “We refer them to referral centre’s, we have designated referral centre’s in Apapa, we have Ajeromi General Hospital, Apapa Hospital, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH)”
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