As part of measures to ensure a free HIV/AIDS society, an Abuja-based
NGO- Centre for Health, Education, Economic Rehabilitation and Social Security, CHEERS, recently embarked on a three-day free HIV test and counseling at the national headquarter of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, Abuja.
One of the objectives of the organization is centered on providing care and support to people infected with HIV/AIDS while the exercise, which attracted large turnout of officers of NSCDC, was the first of its kind in the paramilitary outfit.
Speaking with Nigerian Pilot, the HIV and Counseling Test Manager
of CHEERS, Ms. Chinelo Achebe, disclosed that the choice of taking the
campaign to NSCDC was aimed at assisting officers who may not be
disposed to check their medical status at the hospital.
According to her; “CHEERS has noticed that 70 percent to 80 percent of our working population do not know their HIV status and also shy away from being
tested; thus our resolve to bring HIV counseling and testing to the door step of government and private institutions.”
Commending CHEERS for the gesture, one of the senior officers of NSCDC
who pleaded anonymity said that the exercise was a step in the right direction just as he affirmed that, “it has afforded the staff and officers of NSCDC the opportunity of knowing their HIV status and taking precautionary measures to keep a healthy living.”