The Port Harcourt
Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), has advised Nigerians to consider it vital to know their HIV status in view of the increasing cases of infection in the country.
PHED made the call at a sensitisation programme it organised in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The Corporate Affairs Officer of PHED, Mr John Oyi, expressed concern that most persons ignore the high prevalence of HIV, obesity, malaria to mention but a few and stressed that the best thing such persons should do is to take the first step in identifying their status.
He also urged them to cultivate the habit of subjecting themselves to regular medical tests for their well-being.
The company urged parents to lecture their children on sex education, noting that the ignorance of parents and adults on sex education has caused a lot of harm to them and their children.
It called on young men and women to stay away from unprotected sex or alternatively use condom and stick to one partner to avoid HIV.
The theme of the event is “Know Your Status’, and it is a programme aimed at raising the consciousness of people on the dreaded disease.
According to Oyi, the event is an opportunity to implore everyone to know their health status and to be HIV-free through responsible attitude to their health condition.
AIDS, caused by HIV he said is a dangerous diseases in Africa which has harmed many young men and women.
He further urged members of the public not to stigmatize or neglect people with HIV in our society.
Shedrack Isaac/Chisom Onyia