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Association conducts free HIV, hepatitis screening on 5,000 persons in Nasarawa

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Mass Communication Students’ Association (MACOSA), Nasarawa State University Keffi, has commenced free HIV and Hepatitis screening and counselling for 5,000 people in the state.

This is to enable the beneficiaries know their status for the overall development of the country.

Mr Moses John, the President of the association, disclosed this in Keffi on Thursday during the flag-off ceremony of the screening and distribution of condoms to residents.

John said that the importance of health to societal development cannot be over emphasised, hence the need for the screening to enable people know their health status.

He also disclosed that the programme was in collaboration with the Nasarawa State AIDS Control Agency (NASACA) and the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria.

“The essence of this exercise is to ensure that students know their status with a view to living a life that will contribute to national development and curtail the spread of both HIV and Hepatitis viruses.

“It is when people know their health status that it will help them know how to go about getting medication or not.

“It is often said that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation, hence the need for people to always know their health status in the interest and overall development of the country,” he said.

According to him, our target is members of the university community, especially students of Mass Communication as we are targeting about 5,000 members of the university community.

John urged students and other members of the university community to avail themselves with the opportunity in order to improve on their health status.

He expressed gratitude to Prof. Suleiman Mohammed, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, for flagging off the exercise and for giving attention to the welfare of students.

The MACOSA president however solicited more support from its members and other stakeholders to make the programme succeed.

While flagging off the exercise, the vice chancellor of the university commended the association for initiating the programme.

Mohammed called on the students and other members of the university community to always give adequate attention to their health through regular medical check-up.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that some beneficiaries, especially students, commended the association for the initiative and called for its sustenance. (NAN)

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Edited by Zainab Garba/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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