April 28, 2017 – Mixed Feeling As AIDS Control Agency Carry Out HIV Test On 166 Okada Riders In Lagos To Curb The Spread Of Virus
In line with Lagos at 50 celebrations, the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) has counseled and tested 166 motorcyclists(okada riders) in Badagry Local Government Area of the state to curb the spread of HIV virus. Earlier on, the agency had carried out a similar programme in Ikorodu and Epe Local Government areas.
Sensitizing the motorcyclists on the basic facts of HIV/AIDS and stigmatisation, the health educator of the agency, Mrs. Olushola Adebambo, said the virus could be transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person, sharing of sharp objects with infected person, transfusion of an unscreened infected blood to uninfected person and from an infected mother to her unborn baby during pregnancy, childbirth or after birth during breastfeeding.
She added that HIV could not be transmitted through sharing of clothes, dishes, toilet, seats, hugging, shaking of hands, touching or being near to an infected person and through eating together.
Appreciating the efforts of the Lagos State government was the Chairman of Badagry Central (Branch B of NNAMORAL), Mr. Michael Hoteyin, for conducting free HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) for the Nagari Nakowa Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Lagos State (NNAMORAL).
He said majority of the motorcycle riders who were ignorant of their HIV status had been tested and received results immediately.
He, therefore, urged all members to access free HIV counseling and testing to know their status in order to limit the spread of HIV/AIDS in Lagos State.