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We will protect youths against sexual violence, STDs —Esiet, Action Health Incorporated boss

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With youths from poor communities not having adequate access to friendly health services, Action Health Incorporation, a non-governmental organisation, in partnership with Lagos State Primary Health Centre Board, and Champions for Change, held a forum to give young people access to healthcare services through primary healthcare centres.

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Adenike Esiet, Executive Director, Action Health Incorporated, speaking during the event, said young people in the state, via the intervention, will have access to issues around not just general health, but also have counsellors who can provide information and speak to them on issues they encounter every day.

“The issues of sexual violence at home and outside of the home, the issues around getting protection for abuse, counsellors who can support them to get home and people whoever their gatekeepers or significant others are in the house. There is also the fact that they can get immediate access when they have issues like sexually transmitted infections that they have to deal with.”

According to him, a lot of youths have problems taking whatever issues are bothering them to healthcare centres because they believe care givers are not receptive to their plight.

The Permanent-Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Youths and Social Development, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said the state government would collaborate with stakeholders to ensure that youths live healthy lives.

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