Calabar Carnival: SACA Demands Condoms in Hotel Rooms

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In a bid to ensure that the HIV/AIDS scourge does not mar the fun during the 32-day Calabar festival and Carnival which commences today December 1, 2012, the State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA) has advised hoteliers to compulsorily place condoms in all their hotel rooms and suites.

SACA Director-General, Mrs Irene Aniyom, gave the advice at the weekend while speaking with journalists.

She said the placement of condoms in hotel rooms could act as a preventive measure against the dreaded virus, and urged hotel owners to make it a top priority.

Aniyom disclosed further that SACA recently carried out free HIV test and counselling at the just concluded Obudu Mountain International race and that over 1 million pieces of condoms were distributed at the resort.

“Recently, we administered free HIV testing and counselling. Due to the prevalent rate of the virus in the state, it has become absolutely necessary to embark on testing and sensitisation exercise to provide adequate awareness of the virus, especially amongst young people.

“After carrying out a thorough test on some people at the venue of the Obudu mountain race, about four tested HIV positive- two male and two females. We counselled them on how to manage it,” she said.

She added that about 7.1 per cent of Cross Riverians were living with the dreaded virus, but assured that SACA would stop at nothing to ensure that the rate was reduced to the barest minimum.

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One commentOn Calabar Carnival: SACA Demands Condoms in Hotel Rooms

  • We make bold to submit for the umpteeth time that crs tourism drive and carnival calabar are absolute fertile grounds for warehousing,distribution,spreading of hiv/aids to our people especially the youths. We ask the saca director to come clean to equity and tell us the number of respondents her agency tested for hiv/aids in obudu resort. Hdp condemns very strongly the amoral acts that thrive in crs in the name of 32days of xmas fun that will certainly lead our youth population to untimely deaths via hiv/aids,stis,stds,hepatitis b and c, cervical cancer and drug induced road accidents and crime. we disagree with madam saca because we have more people in crs living with hiv/aids than she reported.Daily, young persons are getting infected with the dreadful disease and the number of infected persons peaks during the 32days of partying inthe state. Hdp finds the emphasis on condom most regretable and sad,while other states are forging ahead in areas of science,ict,engineering,medicine etc,crsg is spreading news on the importance of condoms in hotel rooms.why? What are you teaching the younger generation. The crsg is corrupting our youths,highlighting sex,dance,alcohol,drugs why? We in hdp are completely against this carnival of seductive dance, sex, alcohol,drugs and crime because it is destroying our youths and damaging their future. There is no benefit,but waste,wastage ,prodigality upto N1.2Billion.what a sad wastage in deed.

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