To commemorate this year ’s World AIDS Day , over
5 ,000 people drawn from four local councils in Lagos
State are to benefit from thefive days free Human
Immunodeficiency Virus ( HIV ) Test Services ( HTS )
and healthy living information .
The event, which is being organised , by Youth
Empowerment and Development Initiative ( YEDI ) , in
collaboration with National Youth Network on HIV /
AIDS ( NYNETHA ) , has the support of Lagos State
AIDS Control Agency ( LSACA ) .
The counncils are Agege, Lagos Mainland , Ajeromi –
Ifelodun and Kosofe. The event will start today at
Ajeromi Ifelodun Council while the Youth Health
Novelty Tournament comes up tomorrow, December
2 , at Ojo – Oniyun Youth Centre , Ebute- Meta .
The event, which is funded by MAC AIDS Fund, has
the support of Society for Family Health ( SFH) ,
Haceys’ Health , and FAN Milk Nigeria , among others .
Speaking at a conference to herald the event, Head
of programmes , YEDI , Tomisin Adeoye informed that
there would be referrals for those that are reactive
to treatments .
She also hinted that there would also be malaria
rapid diagnostic testing , distribution of bed nets,
distribution of male and female condoms and
lubricants among others .
Also speaking , the Executive Director of YEDI , Oje
Ivagba who was represented by the communication
officer , Lucky Ihanza stated that this year world
AIDS day activities would build on the successes
made in previous years .
“ This event would address issues of stigmatization ,
discrimination and promotion of social inclusion and
adequate care for people living with the disease.
“ As it is , no individual , government or organization
can make a meaningful progress in the fight against
this disease . We therefore solicit to various
organisations , well meaning Nigerians and
government to support the campaign against this
epidemic so as to realize the 90 : 90 : 90 global
targets on HIV .”
On his own part , State Coordinator, NYNETHA , Lanre
Babatunde urged the government to make ARV
drugs free for those living with HIV /AIDS .
“ The country has the second highest burden of HIV
infection in the world . With about 3 .2 million people
living with HIV therefore the country needs all three
tiers of government to respond to the epidemic .”