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AIDS Healthcare Foundation partners UNICAL on student counselling

By George Odok

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a non-profit organisation providing medicine and healthcare to individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, partnered University of Calabar (UNICAL) to have a safe space at the Youth-Friendly Centre for students.

The foundation’s Prevention Programme Manager, Mr Taofeek Adeleye, who led a team on a courtesy visit to the UNICAL
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Florence Obi on Friday in Calabar, said the organisation was coming on board to implement ‘a young people’s programme’
at the centre.

Adeleye said that the centre would enable students to have access to information and services about sexual and preventive health.

According to him, young people face a lot of challenges beyond the classrooms, hence the need to guide them properly through intensive counselling.

He added that “we will provide counselling services, HIV/AIDS testing, sexual transmission infection screening, cervical cancer screening, among others,
to students.

“If need be and there is room for other support, we will render such accordingly to make sure that young people get the right information
and services to develop.”

He added that when operational, the centre would serve students of the institution and young people within the university community.

Responding, Obi said young people needed thorough counselling and advocacy on preventive health because they were faced with a lot of challenges.

According to the vice chancellor, the coming of AHF to the institution is timely and most parents are shy to discuss certain sensitive issues with their children.

She said students would be free to talk to experts from AHF, since most of them relied on peer groups and the social media in learning new things.

She thanked the organisation for the choice of UNICAL, maintaining that the institution was ready to speed up the implementation process.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation is a Los Angeles-based organisation operating outpatient healthcare centres and pharmacies. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu