The Police Wives’ Association, eastern region, has ended a two-day HIV/AIDS sensitization and prevention workshop at the Kenema City Council hall with participants drawn from various police barracks in that region.
The chairperson of the programme, Esther Kamara who heads the Family Support Unit in Kenema, said police wives were very much important in nation building, especially in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Ms. Kamara thanked the hierarchy of the association for soliciting funds for the training of their members. She called on them to remain “united as united is strength”.
The Regional Crime Officer east, ASP Samuel Sanie Sesay, maintained that the effort made by the police wives would go a long way in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS among the population of this nation.
He said as ambassadors of the various barracks in the region they had the responsibility of sensitizing their colleagues upon their return to their various communities in order to share ideas gained during the workshop.
A facilitator, Sister Safiatu Foday of the Reproductive Health Programme of the ministry of Health and Sanitation, said the reproductive health programme of the Health ministry started as a family planning programme, adding that the United Nations Fund was supporting the programme for Population Activity (UNFPA). She appealed to the police wives to adopt positive behavioural change in the fight against AIDS.
In her keynote address the guest speaker, Assistant Inspector General of Police East (AIG) east, Elizabeth Turay, described the implementation of the programme as remarkable and thanked the police wives’ association and UNFPA for a positive step made to address the health problems of members of the association.
She noted that women were still exposed to sexual abuses and violence which made them vulnerable to diseases. Madam Turay encouraged the women to take the messages to their husbands.