In a move to stop the spread of HIV/Aids in young persons, Ten Secondary Schools across Benue State have been selected to participate in a five-day training and enlightment on Family Life and HIV/Aids Education Programme (FLHE) for Peer Educators and Teachers.
The Director of Public Health, Doctor Tema Kur who disclosed this in an interview said, from the Demographic Survey carried out by the National Aids Indicator Impact Survey (NAIIS) 2018, indicated that youths have the highest percent of HIV infection.
The training, organized by the Ministry of Health and Human Services and supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is to stem the spread of the pandemic in young persons through enlightment.
According to Dr. Kur the Ministry is considering to increase budget
allocation to the programme so that more schools will be engage and as well expand the scope of the programme to enhanced
He charged the participating schools to form Health Clubs to step down the knowledge gathered to create wider awareness.
“The aim of the programme is to look at issues that affect young people. Because we noticed in our Demographic Survey, National Aids Indicator Impact Survey, (NAIIS) of 2018 which indicated that youths have the highest percent of HIV infection”
“we noticed that there are other associated reproductive health issues with the youths, so if we do not address these on time there will be explosion of HIV and other health problems.”
Doctor Kur acknowledged the rapid flow of information among youths through their peers especially on social media as well as interpersonal communication, hence the need to catch them young.
Programme Officer of UNFPA, Mrs. Martha Ape who also spoke to our Correspodent explained
that the programme was organized to equip the students with accurate knowledge on family and health issues in line with the mandate of UNFPA, which is delivering a world where pregnancy is safe, every child is wanted and potential of every youth is fulfilled.
According to her, the students are expected to form youth clubs where they will pass what they have learnt to their mates and peers.
She urged government to be at the driver’s seat with teachers and principals driving the programme in their various schools.
In his submission, the Desk Officer, Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health in the State Ministry of Health Mr. Aondowase Apinega explained that the programme was designed to teach students issues of health family and healthy living.
Apinega call on teachers to guide the students on what to do and as well help them in forming Health Clubs and educating others.