The HIV and AIDS virus affects people because of the decisions and choices they make in their lives according to Tabubil Hospital Administrator, Margareth Samei.
The WAD program organised by Tabubil hospital included a march by hospital staff and employees from Tabubil Engineering, unveiling of a HIV/AIDS billboard, volunteer, counselling and testing (VCT) and display of posters.
Representatives from Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML), Tabubil Engineering and hospital management also spoke during the day.
“The choices and decisions you make is your right but you can help yourself by protecting yourself or taking the message we are sharing with you seriously (back to your families and communities),” Ms Samei said.
OTML Communications and Public Relations Manager Estella Cheung also encouraged the community that awareness on HIV/AIDS starts at home, at schools and at the work place.
Ms Cheung said everyone must accept that the virus is real and has become part of the society.
“We cannot stop it from spreading overnight, but we can slowly reverse the trend if we combine our efforts and take more responsibility by creating awareness and talking about the issue,” she said.