Total donates medical equipment to Bwari General hospital
TOTAL Group in Nigeria has donated a hitech HIV/AIDS screening equipment and reagents to the Bwari General hospital in the Bwari Area Council of the FCT. The organisation, which made the donation during the launch of the expanded community HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria preventive education project in Kubwa, FCT, also offered free HIV testing to over 100 residents of the area.
Presenting the equipment on behalf of Total Nigeria Plc and Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, the General Manager, CSR/SD, Dr. Charles Ngeribara, said the organisation is committed to positively impacting on the lives of Nigerians through health education and institutional capacity support on HIV/ AIDS management. He said the project involved the training of peer educators who would create further awareness to the public, as well as the use of their service stations as centres for free HIV counseling and testing for willing members of the public.
“The modalities adopted in the implementation of this initiative are in full compliance with the United Nations recommended standards which involve stakeholder engagement with the communities, addressing specific issues of concern and capacity building for peer educators,” he added.
While appealing to the hospital management to put the equipment to proper and judicious use, Ngeribara pledged the readiness of Total to train the handlers for maximum impact and sustainability. Responding, the Chairman, Bwari Area Council, Peter Yohona Ushafa, described the fight against HIV/AIDS as a battle which must be jointly fought by all and sundry.
He expressed appreciation to the organisation for choosing his area council for the kind gesture.
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