By Dayo Johnson
Akure—TO curtail the spread of the HIV virus of which it said over 40,000 residents in the state are living with the virus, the Ondo State Government, yesterday flagged off a mobile HIV counselling and testing service among rural dwellers in the state targeting one million people.
Chairman of the State Agency for the Control of AIDS, ODSACA, Dr. Aderotimi Adelola said this during the kick off of the programme in Akoko North East and Akoko North West areas of the state.
Adelola said the initiative is to enable Community Volunteers carry out HIV counseling and testing on one million people in the State.
He pointed out that the Local Action Committee on AIDS at various local government have been empowered by the State government with the support of World Bank.
Adelola who is the Secretary to the state government noted that government is putting in place structures at the grassroots to increase people’s access to free HIV counseling and testing.
Adelola stressed that the drive will ensure zero HIV new infection, zero discrimination and stigmatization, zero to HIV related deaths, among others.
Adelola appreciated the local governments for supporting the programme, noted that over three million Nigerians are living with HIV, while over 40,000 residents in the state are living with the virus.
He called on Community Volunteers being trained in Ilaje, Ondo East and Idanre local governments to own and sustain the programme by providing HIV services to rural dwellers where they live, work and play.
He also appealed to every individual to take a HIV test which is the entry point for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.