NATIONAL HIV COUNSELING AND TESTING DAY 2016
CHEERS conducted free HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) to commemorate the National HCT day for the year 2016 in Bwari and Morg plaza both in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. HCT is an entry point to HIV/AIDS services. Without it, diagnosing HIV may not be possible except when an individual comes down seriously with some of the known symptoms of the disease.
The goal of the outreach was to provide opportunity for people to know their HIV/AIDS status by undergoing HIV counseling and testing. To also support the outreach, CHEERS offered free blood sugar and blood pressure checks to the clients
At the end of the outreach, over two hundred persons were counseled and tested. These persons became aware of their HIV status. Those who tested negative were counseled on the ways to remain negative while those with positive test result were counseled on how to live positively without infecting others after which they were referred to the facilities for treatment.
FREE MEDICAL OUTREACH AND HIV COUNSELLING & TESTING AT WASSA COMMUNITY APO DISTRICT, ABUJA MUNICIPAL AREA COUNCIL, FCT-ABUJA
The Center for Health Education, Economic Rehabilitation and Social Security (CHEERS) was engaged by the combined partnership of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and Foreign Affairs Ministry on 27th May 2016 to conduct a day Free HIV Testing and Counseling for the internally displaced persons living in Wassa district camp of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
The goal of the outreach was to bring health/medical services closer to the IDPs in the camp and also treat identified ailment. The officials of the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, AMAC executives and medical doctors were also part of the outreach.
CHEERS provided free HIV Counseling and Testing and Blood Pressure check while NACA handled the medical consultation with doctors as well as a mobile pharmarcy store which dispensed free drugs as prescribed for attending patients by the doctors.
At the end of the outreach, the total 148 internal displaced persons were tested and counseled and no positive was recorded. With the success of this outreach, it is hopeful that the disease burden in the camp has been reduced. Also relief materials were distributed to the IDPs by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.