To­tal do­nates med­i­cal equip­ment to Bwari Gen­eral hos­pi­tal

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Emma Elekwa

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.

Photo: Abubakar Yakubu

Stu­dents of Ladela School dur­ing their cul­tural day in Abuja on Satur­day

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