Written by Godfrey AKON

FG Takes HIV/AIDS Fight To Schools

The Federal Government has commenced collaboration with the Society for Family Health, SFH, to combat HIV/AIDS in schools.

Speaking at the official Dissemination of a Report of the Impact Evaluation of Family Life HIV/AIDS Education in Abuja, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said there was need to equip the in-school youths to abstain from pre-marital sex.

Represented by the Director of Education Support Services in the ministry, Mrs. Justina Ibe, Adamu said the initiative was a holistic effort to move the country forward and create a HIV-free society for young people.

"To fill the gaps and sustain this good initiative, Famliy Life HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) embodies the new vision and effort to combat the HIV/AIDS scourge in the education sector," he said, while imploring partners to contribute their quota towards the success of the exercise.

Speaking on the report, he said it will be beneficial to effort towards freeing the country from the scourge of the dreaded disease.

Also speaking, the Managing Director of Society for Family Health, Mr Bright Ekweremadu, maintained that the implementation of family life and HIV education in junior and senior secondary schools was vital to eradicate the disease in Nigeria.

According to Ekweremadu, students and young adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 years account for 54 million of Nigeria’s population hence the need to educate them on the dangers of the epidemic.

"It is against this background that the Society for Family Health with the Federal Ministry of Education and National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) collaborate to have a free HIV/AIDS society.

"If Nigeria would curb the spread of new HIV infections, reduce teenage pregnancies to change the trajectory of the AIDS epidemic, we cannot ignore the continuation of the implementation of the programme," he said.

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