In the drive to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in Sierra Leone, officers of the Sierra Leone Police, Eastern Police Division through the effort of the HIV/AIDS Secretariat benefited from a two day sensitization workshop conducted at the Division‘s conference room recently.
In his statement, the chairman of the programme, Support Officer Lance Foday, admonished participants to bear in mind the fact that the existence of HIV/AIDS is reality. He sighted instances of countries where HIV/AIDS has destabilized the lives of people, and stated that the SLP is highly vulnerable since there job requires transfers from one environment to another. He further urged the SLP to help in contributing to awareness raising in their respective localities as they are also agents of development.
Emphasizing on the role of the police in curbing HIV/AIDS in our post conflict entity, the Local Unit Commander of the Eastern Police Division Nepor Senesie, mentioned that among theirs tremendous duties is facilitating the effort of eradicating deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS is one primary objective. As such the Division thought it necessary to contact the AIDS secretariat to sensitize personnel on the way forward in tackling the spread of the disease. Regarding the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, officers should always be on the alert, which requires the practice of the safer sex method. He promised that the SLP will contribute to the prevention and control of AIDS pandemic.
Highlighting on situational analysis of HIV/AIDS, Sergeant Memunatu Samura said that the relevance of the workshop is immeasurable, since it contributes immensely to the eradication of a disease the world is fighting relentlessly to wipe out. Moreover, the SLP is seen as agent in disseminating vital information to the public, particularly one that is of popular concern.
She promised that the SLP, upon the completing of the workshop, will be well capacitated to be able to contribute actively to put the spread of HIV/AIDS to terminus.