Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State
The Edo State Agency for the Control of HIV and AIDs (EDO-SACA) on Friday distributed condoms to residents of Auchi as part of activities to commemorate the 2016 International Aids Candle Light Memorial.
The memorial is scheduled to hold on Sunday.
Dr Marietu Binkola, the Project Manager of the agency, who led the team, said that the exercise was to create awareness and help in preventing HIV and AIDs.
“We have more than 2,000 condoms that we are distributing. We have different varieties and we even have female condoms to give out for free.
“The major way of preventing HIV is by using condom; prevention is better than cure and if you must have sex use condom,” Binkola said.
She said that activities for the 2016 international candle light memorial were in consonance with the theme, “Unite to Demand a Sustainable HIV Response.”
According to her, the theme was chosen to emphasis the importance of condoms and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.
“The International Day for Candle Light Memorial is a platform that has been on for the past 33 years.
“This is the 33rd edition. We have been doing it in Benin; this year we want to do it across the three senatorial districts.
“What we mainly do is sensitise the general public to the danger and prevention of HIV and Aids.
“Globally, there has been a great decline in the use and availability of condoms; that is why we are advocating for more use of the mode of protection,” Binkola said.
She said that the agency would also organise community outreach on HIV and AIDs, counselling, testing, sensitisation and awareness campaign across the senatorial districts.
“We are carrying out AIDs counselling and testing for the general populace and it is free of charge
“For those who have already had the virus, we will lead them …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper