The Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), Thursday, distributed 1500 sterilising kits to the Associations of Barbers and Cosmetologists in the state to aid HIV prevention as well as enhance COVlD-19 prevention control.
While addressing the beneficiaries at the hits distribution ceremony recently, the CEO of LSACA, Dr. Monsurat Adeleke, stated that the event is one of the strategies the agency is adopting to achieve the UNAIDS global eradication of new HIV infection by 2030.
This, according to her, aligns with the state government phase-by-phase re-opening of the economy after the COVlD-19 lockdown, adding that the associations are critical stakeholders in its HIV response since the disease has been of public health importance.
“Lagosians usually patronise barbers and cosmetologists and are at risk of contracting HIV and other infections, thus the need for the non-pharmacological intervention for the prevention of COVID-19,” she noted.
“That is, infection prevention and control which includes placing of hand-wash sink and sanitisers at the entrance of their shops; regular wearing of face mask, social distancing and a minimum number of clients in the waiting enclosed room among others.
Adeleke soon emphasised that based on the policy of the present administration on inclusive governance the programme will also serve as the state government contribution to the Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs (SMSE) development in the state since the majority of them are youths.Follow us on social media