Ondo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Bamidele Ologun has called for continuous sensitisation to curb the spread of HIV/ AIDS in the state.
Ologun stated this while declaring open a two – day training programme organised for members of Nigeria Youth Service Corps (NYSC) tagged: Peer Educators Training held at the State Secretariat AnnexeHall in Akure, the state capital.
He said the sensitisation became sacrosanct in view of the unsuccessful research by scientists to develop HIV vaccine and cure.
He added that the end product of this training was to mainstream HIV enlightenment programmes and HIV counselling and Testing services into NYSC compulsory one year service .
This, he said, would place high premium on monitoring and evaluation whereby each trainee is expected to carry out HIV counselling, test regularly and submit all reports bi-monthly .
According to him, in line with the global prevention strategy, Ondo State government had left no stone unturned in enlisting every relevant stakeholder including the formal health sector, non -formal health sector and non – governmental organization in the prevention of HIV infections,care and treatment for infected persons.
The ministry of youth and sports development has established three HIV free youth friendly centres at Ikare -Akoko, Akure and Ile-Oluji respectively to provide supportive community HIV information and services.
In his goodwill message, the Project Manager of Ondo State Agency for Control of Aids ODSACA, Dr Dayo Adegbulu said the pertinent to carry the Corps members along in sensitising the public on the prevention and control of the virus .
He urged the corps members to watch what they watch, what they read, what they wear, friend they keep and places they go.
The participants promised to stay safe and take the sensitisation of HIV/ Aids across the state.