Young people in Arochukwu have been advised to abstain from unprotected premarital sex and every other activities that can lead to contracting HIV/AIDS.
The call was made by members of Rotaract Club of Arochukwu on the 3rd of December 2020 at Mary Slessor Secondary School, Arochukwu while on a sensitization tour to secondary schools in Arochukwu. The sensitization tour was part of activities for the Club’s service project tagged “HIV/AIDS is real: Abstinence is key”. The awareness drive was launched to mark World AIDS Day celebrated annually on the 1st of December.
The President of the Club, Rtr. Praise Genesis Obasi, stated that the campaign was necessary in schools to educate young people on transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS as well as stigmatization of victims.
According to Rtr. Obasi “Young people are not very careful, especially when using sharp objects like blades, niddles and even clippers. The spread of HIV is not just by sexual intercourse alone but also by some of these things we term ordinary like shaving sticks and so on. The ‘catch them young’ programme will help them to be more careful while using these objects “. He also added that the club will move to establish an Interact Club in the school which is the Students arm of Rotary international for secondary school students between the age of 12 to 18.
Lectures were delivered by Rtr. Peter Samuel and Rtr. Vincent Nwakerendu and a special performance by Rtr. Gentle Iyke.
The principal of the school, Elder O. O. Anyunku, in his remarks hailed the Rotaract Club of Arochukwu for its efforts at campaigning against the spread of HIV/AIDS. He equally stated that he was impressed with the caliber of young men and women in the club and was convinced that Rotaract Club was a noble club worth joining. Elder Anyunku supported the idea of establishing an Interact Club was established in the school noting that it would help check and mould the character of the students.