In line with its vision to ensure diseases free community, Total Group in Nigeria recently stormed Asaba communities in Delta State to launch a preventive education campaign against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculoses and Malaria for the residents in the area.
The two weeks campaign drew the attention of health initiatives programmes to educate the community, employees, families and organisations about HIV/AIDS infection and its opportunistic diseases.
Highlights of the event include mass deployment of free HIV/AIDS Testing and Counseling Services (HTS) across Asaba and its environs and at the end of the HTS, 3,389 people accessed the HIV/AIDS free test.
A total of 2,006 males were tested and 10 out of them were reactive.
Similarly, 1,383 females got tested out of which 14 were reactive. These tests were carried out by Certified Testers from the Delta State Agency for Control of Aids (SACA). The reactive cases were further counselled by the testers and attached to Identified support groups for further management.
Additionally, there was a four-day intensive peer educator training of 25 Total customer attendants. Upon conclusion of the training, they were presented certificates as certified Peer Educators for the project. The peer educators tasked to take the campaign to Total customers as they sell products on their stations’ forecourts, were empowered with appropriate knowledge and tools like informative leaflets, posters and condoms. These are to assist them execute effectively their task of informing and educating the Asaba community. Project facilitation was implemented by the Nigerian Business Coalition against AIDS (NIBUCAA) as well as Delta SACA (State Agency for Control of AIDS).
Present at the event were students from the Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku; Secretary to the Delta State Government Hon. Festus Ovie-Agas; Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Health Dr. E. S. Otobo who represented the State Commissioner for Health, Project Manager, Delta State Agency for Control of AIDS Dr. John Osuyali; Functioning Permanent Secretary Delta State Ministry of Women Affairs Mr. Sunday Omamofo; Oshimili South Local Government Chairman represented by Barrister Philips Nwaokolo; the Asagba of Asaba represented by Obi Benebe Ugboko amongst other dignitaries like the Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the Commission of Police represented by Dr. Jude Uwaifo of the Police Hospital Asaba, Delta State Health Management Board, The Asaba Community Youth and of course, the Nigerian Business Coalition against AIDS, Total’s Technical partner on the project.