NYSC CD group sensitises community to HIV/AIDS
SOME National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in Lagos State, under the edges of Medical and Drug Free Community Development Service, have sensitised residents and markets within Oshodi/Isolo Council to the importance of prevention, testing and support to individuals living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
During a rally, the corps members displayed posters with messages on HIV/AIDS in various languages.
President of the group, Ogooluwa David Alabi, described HIV/AIDS awareness as a global campaign aimed at curbing the effect of the diseases on mankind.
“It is a contagious disease that is contracted through body fluids, use of sharp objects like blades and scissors.
“A very significant way of contracting this virus in the present-day world is through unprotected sex,” he said.
Alabi quoted the senator representing the Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Ben Murray-Bruce, as saying: “In light of the deepening economic challenges that Nigeria faces, which have gravely impacted the middle class and exacerbated poverty levels, it is imperative for the Federal Government to launch free condom distribution initiative immediately.
“Ensuring accessibility to contraceptives is a crucial step in mitigating a potential population explosion, particularly when the financially constrained majority may prioritise basic necessities over family planning methods.
“An ounce of prevention now can avert a looming socio-economic catastrophe in the future.”
According to General Secretary of the CDS group, Adeiyin Sennuga, it is crucial to emphasise that the unanimous agreement among our corps members, following the HIV/AIDS awareness, walk served as a powerful reminder for collective action to effect positive change, adding that their unwavering commitment remains steadfast in dispelling myths, promoting education and extending support to those affected by the virus.
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