The Lagos State Agency for the Control of AIDS (LSACA) says there is a need to have a database on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the state. It stated that it had decided to conduct the first Lagos AIDS Survey (LAGAIS), adding that healthcare and LSACA workers would visit private households and collect blood samples from members, including children, to test for HIV/AIDS.
An Health Educator, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Olubunmi Ilawole, stated this at an interactive session organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs for the Community Development Committee, Community Development Associations and other stakeholders in Ikeja.
She said, “With the population of the state, the survey is to create more awareness about HIV/AIDS and provide opportunity to know the status of the participants so that appropriate measures can be taken to live a healthy and productive life in the society.
Ilawole urged community leaders to encourage every household and individual to participate in the survey by giving blood samples.
“Doing so will boost their knowledge about HIV and provide them with the opportunity to know their status,” she said.
The representative of Lagos State Commissioner of Police, SP Bangajiya Charles, urged residents of the state to collaborate with the police by giving vital information that would help the operation of the police in their respective communities.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communities and Communications, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, said the interactive session was to let the stakeholders know that the present administration was “committed and proactive.”
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The Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Community Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri, said the session was part of the administrations’ efforts to bring governance to the grass roots.