THE COMMUNITY HIV/AIDS,TUBERCULOSIS & MALARIA PREVENTIVE EDUCATION PROJECT LAUNCH IN FCT ABUJA ON 8TH OCTOBER, 2015

 The Total group in Nigeria in collaboration with Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS (NIBUCAA), its technical partners on HIV/AIDS, launched the 2015 HIV/AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria preventive education project. The 2015 campaign was taken to the Bwari Local council development area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja where preliminary survey narrowed the need for this action. The event was launched at the Total Service Station, Kubwa in Bwari Local government area of the Federal capital territory (FCT). The joint keynote address presented by the Total group at the event was read by the GM CSR/SD Dr. Ngeribara of Total Upstream.

Part of the activities culminating in the launch was a 4-day peer educators training for 25 customer attendants and their station dealers. These trained peer educators would in turn take the campaign to customers in their various service stations, during the course of their forecourt duties; as well as to their peers. Instructional and educational materials like posters, handbills and of course condoms were given to the peer educators as tools to carry on the campaign.

Free HIV/AIDS counseling and testing formed a major part of the campaign. This aspect was simultaneously implemented at various locations around Bwari and its environs for a period of two weeks. Three testing points were functional at the launch venue to cater for the audience who took advantage of the free testing to know their status. 1640 people were tested out of which 1175 were male and 465 were female. Positive cases were attached to identified support groups and referred for further management to the supported primary health center.

The event witnessed massive turnout of in-school and out-of-school participants. Handbills, posters and condoms were also distributed to participants at the event. Branded souvenirs were handed out to the audience as well as lunch and refreshment.

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Highpoint of the event was the presentation of Hi-tech HIV/AIDS screening equipments and two months re-agents supply to the Bwari General hospital. This primary health care facility following a survey was identified as having the capacity to maintain and sustain the equipments as well as serve as a reference point for advanced screening for HIV/AIDS cases in Bwari and its environs. The equipments were presented to the FCT Health Management Board represented by Dr. F. A Alu who in turn, handed them over to the Management of the Bwari General Hospital who pledged to maintain the equipments. Total Companies in Nigeria ensured the vendors of the equipment installed and provide basic training for handlers of the equipments. A one-year maintenance agreement by the vendors of the equipment is also part of this gesture from the Company.

Dignitaries that attended the event include the Special guest of honour, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Barrister Danladi I. KIFASI (CFI, MNI) represented by the Director of Performance Management Services Mr. Afolayan. The Federal Ministry of Health was represented by the National AIDS/STI Control Program (NASCP) Mrs. Deborah Odoh (Asst. Director (PMTCT) FMoH & the Director of Public Health FMoH, Dr. H. Balarabe. Other Ministries represented at the event are the Ministry of Youth development and the Ministry of Women Affairs. The Chairman of the Bwari Area Development Council Dr. Yohana Ushafa and the Etsu of Bwari, Alhaji Ibrahim Yaro were also present. Equally present at the event are; The DPR, NNPC, NAPIMS, FRSC, the Police and members of the public. The event was adequately covered by the press.