Flour Mills partners SFH to combat HIV/AIDS
FlourMills of Nigeria Plc (FMN), in collaboration with Society for Family Health (SFH), have stressed the need for Nigerians to fight against HIV/AIDS.
They urged Nigerians to know their status, because people need responsible living to combat the disease.
The partnership was unveiled in Lagos at the weekend, as employees of both organisations embarked on a rally to commemorate the World’s Aids Day in Lagos.
The forum was aimed at sensitising and counseling HIV positive patients, while teaching others how to prevent AIDS.
Speaking at the event, Group Managing Director, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, Paul Gbededo, said this year’s theme: ‘Know your status,’ is quite appropriate, considering the current state of the epidemic in Nigeria.
Gbededo said it had been proven that early screening is still perhaps the most effective option for prevention.
Stressing the need for people to know their status, he said the percentage of the population that is unaware of their HIV status is responsible for about 50 to 70 per cent of the new HIV infections cases that are recorded.
He said: “Last year, we provided several voluntary counseling and testing centres across all our facilities to ensure that all our employees have access to HIV screening. This year we are going to do even more, as we partner the society for family health.”
He explained that there would be volunteer testers and trained specialist on ground to provide support and counselling as necessary.
“Our workplace policy on non-discrimination ensures that our employees do not suffer any stigmatisation, but instead get the right kind of support and access to good health care,” he said.
Regional Manger, Society for Family Health, Southwest, Mrs. Adewoyin Funke said disclosed that the world Aids day is to make people to be aware of the HIV/AIDS virus and what they need to do to prevent it.
According to her, before now, HIV was a hidden thing, but it has become a household disease through awareness creation.
She said the attention is actually shifting from knowing about its existence to going for a test.
She lauded FMN initiative, stating that the foundation is not just looking into HIV, but syndrome’s management of all sexually transmitted infections (STI).