Total Commended for HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign in Ogun State
Total companies in Nigeria in conjunction with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other Partners on Thursday July 18, 2019 successfully launched the Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease (HIV/AIDS) Preventive Awareness Project.
The event which took place in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, was primarily aimed at sensitizing people in different communities in the state to preventive measures to protect them from contracting the disease and also to encourage voluntary tests.
Highlights of the event included:
- A testimonial by a patient who had been managing the disease for over 16 years;
- Peer educators drama
- Dance troupe performance,
- Award of certificates to 25 peer educators
The Managing Directors of Total upstream companies in Nigeria, Mike Sangster and Total Nigeria Plc., Imrane Barry, in their address read by the Executive General Manager, Total Country Services, Mrs. Olubunmi Popoola-Mordi, stated:
“The Total Group in Nigeria (Total Nigeria Plc and Total Upstream Nigeria Limited) with its partners - NNPC/NAPIMS, CCNOC, SAPETRO and Petrobras – have, over the past 13 years, consistently made concerted efforts under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative at responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Nigeria. Total is committed to positively impacting the lives of Nigerians through health education on preventive measures and awareness creation on HIV/AIDS management.”
They added, “Our fight against HIV/AIDS is a fight to protect our host communities, employees, families, organisations and society at large from the infection.”
Speaking on the occasion, Head of Service, Ogun State, Engr. Lanre Bisiriyu thanked Total for the initiative: “I appreciate Total for bringing this opportunity to Ogun state. The government recognises and appreciate Total for this Corporate Social Responsibility especially for the good health and awareness of our people. We want you to continue doing this especially in the communities. I am also impressed with the training of peer educators that will further spread the awareness and education to reduce the spread.”
He further promised the government’s support to ensure that the prevalence rate of the disease in Ogun state is reduced. He was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde.
On his part, the Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investments Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Musa Lawan, represented by Mrs. Opeyemi Odusanya stated that the programme “is the demonstration and commitment of one of our core values. HIV testing has a potential of reducing the spread. Over the years since the inception of this programme, we have obtained remarkable reduction in the number of infected victims.
He promised that “we will not relent but intensify our effort to ensure that every member of our communities carries out the test.”
The Executive Director, Ogun State Agency for the Control of AIDS (OGSACA), Dr. O.K Fatungase acknowledged that, “This is a total package because every sector is represented here. The only advantage we can do for ourselves is not to keep quiet. Let’s go out, run tests and know our status. We say thank you to Total. What you are doing is very good. There is no-how government can do it alone.”
Also addressing participants, the project coordinator, led by its Executive Secretary, Nigeria Business Coalition Against AIDS (NIBUCAA), Gbenga Alabi said, “We are all working towards getting to zero infection and one of the ways of achieving this task is through projects of this nature.”
The HIV Testing Centers located in seven local governments in the state recorded 15,359 tests out of which 5989 were men and 9370 women. 31 males and 78 females tested positive.
The Olowa Iberu of Odo-Esa, Ijebu-Ode, High Chief Rasaq Adeneye commended Total for supporting his people and also encouraged the community to come out en masse to know their status.
Mrs Olubunmi Popoola-Mordi reading the keynote address
High Chief Rasaq Adeneye giving his remarks
A cross-section of guests at the event
A group photograph of Total delegation and guests
Peer educators with Total staff and guests
Nigeria National Youth Service Corps members at the event
Students from School of Nursing
Peer educators with the guests