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Special Olympics Nigeria Commemorates 2018 World AIDS Day

Special Olympics Nigeria Commemorates 2018 World AIDS Day

The first of December each year since 1988 is set aside by the World Health Organization as an international day to raise awareness on the AIDS pandemic which is caused by HIV infection and mourn those who have died of the virus.

Special Olympics Nigeria (SO Nigeria) through her ExxonMobil sponsored Skillz For Life initiative, joined the rest of the world in commemorating the 2018 World AIDS Day among People with Intellectual Disabilities (PWID) and their families on Saturday 1st December 2018 at Alders Town Primary School Warri, Delta state. The event with the theme “Know Your Status” also marked the end of the second phase of the Skillz For Life implementation in south-south Nigeria with the graduation of over 500 athletes who participated in the programme.

Major activities during the celebration include a health talk on HIV; prevention, control and treatment, unified soccer tournament, Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT), presentation of certificates and a variety of fun games.

A health talk was given by the special guest of honour, the Head of Medical Laboratory Science Department Warri General Hospital, Mr Henry Ukwamedua. He gave a detailed lecture of the causes, prevention, control and treatment of HIV and an overview of the history of the disease. Mr Ukwamedua encouraged all present to take advantage of the testing facilities provided by SO Nigeria as it is the only way to protect oneself from the dreaded HIV infection. He gave special thanks to SO Nigeria for Organizing an event of that scale in Warri and pledged the full support of his organization to SO Nigeria health programmes. Mr Nathaniel Bini also from Warri General Hospital gave a talk on malaria, the causes, prevention, treatment and control.

Voluntary Counselling and Testing on HIV and Malaria was provided for over 90% of those in attendance. Anti-malarial drugs were administered to malaria positive cases and long-lasting insecticide treated nets were distributed to all present.

The event also included a unified soccer tournament among four teams who dazzled all present with scintillating football skills which can be likened to what is obtainable in the European Champions League.

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