By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Aids Control Agency ( KADSACA) has begun a three-day awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS Control for Secondary Schools in the state.
Director Prevention Treatment and Care, Dr Butawa Nuhu said the awareness is part of the activities to mark the World Aids Day coming up December 1.
Nuhu said because of the high prevalence rate in kajuru local government area of the state promted the awareness campaign.
” This awareness campaign for secondary Schools in the state was prompted by the high prevalence rate of kajuru which is 6.7 from survey among the adolescent young people.
” With these we can say that out of every 100 people around seven will have the disease and that is why with the sensitisation we hope to reduce prevalence rate and new cases of HIV to be brought down to zero by 2030.
According to him,It was disturbing that the prevalent rates of HIV/AIDS infection remained high due to negligence and ignorance.
“The youth exposed themselves to infection with the HIV/AIDS virus whenever they engaged in risky behaviours, such as drugs abuse and cult activities, among others
” if pupils were taught HIV/AIDS control at a young age, it would be difficult for them to engage actions that could expose them to the danger of contracting the disease.
He said to have an HIV free generation, we need to attend to the young people from age 10 upward and teach them how to avoid the virus.
He said that the disease has also become a real development challenge especially for developing nations where young people, who are the most productive segment of the population, remain at risk.”
Some of the targeted secondary schools included GSS Maraba Rido, GSS Kawo, Technical School Kajuru, Rehabilitation Center, National Institute for Water Resources and Kaduna Polytechnic.