From Amos Odeh, Yenagoa
Mercy-Seat Holistic Development Organisation , a Yenagoa based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), said it had concluded a HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) in the state as part of efforts in checkmating the disease.
The NGO’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Torukuru Adakien told journalists in Yenagoa that 1,017 persons benefited.
Adakien said the programme also aimed at educating and sensitising the people on the truths and facts about HIV.
According to him, “we conducted this programme to support campaigns against HIV/AIDS, especially in Bayelsa. In fact, there is need for us in the society to know our HIV status.
“During the programme, which ended on Sept 30, we had free HCT Uptake of 1017 persons in the period; we started by advocacy visits to motor parks and mechanics villages and shops.
“The advocacy visit was done in the three Senatorial District of Bayelsa. We also distributed free condom of over 800 packets to the people.
“This programme, HCT Uptake that was held in Bayelsa was in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Youth Development.
“We understand that HIV is one of the dreaded diseases all over the world, but I believe we can tackle the disease if we can come together to support this campaign.
“Sex being the easiest means of spreading the disease is not helping matters. I am advising the public that if you cannot do without sex, always remember to use condom.
“You can also avoid contacting HIV by abstaining from unprotected sex, sharing sharp objects like razor blade, hair clipper among others;” Adakien stressed.