The Lagos State Agency for the Control of AIDS (LSACA) is set to conduct the first Lagos HIV/AIDS Survey (LAGAIS) as part of strategies to gather data on the prevalence of the disease so as to devise means to lighten its burden on individuals and communities in the State.
The survey would focus on private household studies which include Children, healthcare workers and entails LSACA staff visiting participants to collect blood samples for HIV/AIDS test in various communities across the state.
Mrs. Olubunmi Ilawole, Health Educator, Lagos State Ministry of Health disclosed this at an Interactive Session organized by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs for the Community Development Committees (CDCs), Community Development Associations (CDAs) and other stakeholders across the State held at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
She said the survey will be used to create more awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS and provide an opportunity to know the status of the participants so that appropriate measures can be taken to help them live a healthy and productive life in the society.
Ilawole, however, called on the Community and Traditional leaders to inform and encourage every households and individual to cooperate and participate in the exercise, stressing that “doing so will increase their knowledge on how to protect themselves or get necessary treatment if their status is positive”.
Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communities and Communications, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, said the interactive session is in line with the policy of inclusiveness of the present administration.