Alimosho General Hospital has conducted free Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) test at Igando market.

The event which was themed, ‘Community makes the difference’ was part of activities to mark World AIDS’ Day. It held on Saturday, December 7.

Speaking at the event, the Medical Director, Dr. Madewa Adebajo, noted that the celebration was aimed at increasing advocacy on proper management of the virus and sensitisation.

Adebajo stated that it was also a means of harnessing contribution by support groups in the area.

“The celebration is to harness contributions by support groups within the Alimosho community, consisting of 12,680 persons enrolled into care.

“It is expected that by 2030, 95 percent of vulnerable groups must have been tested, 95 percent engaged on treatment and 95 percent on treatment to achieve viral suspension,” he said.

He explained that the vulnerable groups included commercial sex workers, homeless people and those who share sharp objects.

A senior medical officer in the community health department of the hospital, Azeezat Oyemade, who was also in attendance, revealed that the goal of the event was to check infected people.

“The goal of the celebration is to check for potentially infected people from the open market.

“We also want to sensitise and let them know that technological advancement has eased off consequences of stigmatisation or discrimination,” she said.

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