As a result, he said, he was calling on people to practice safe sex and get tested. Melville spoke at the start of the annual Friends of the Tobago Aids Society (FOTAS) Aids walk from the Dwight Yorke Stadium to the Store Bay Beach facility. Hundreds attended the walk, the theme of which was “Prevention Is The Key To Protect You And Me”.
Also speaking at the event was Health Secretary Claudia Groome-Duke, who said a healthy lifestyle is everybody’s business. There was also a candle-lighting ceremony in memory of those who lost their lives to the disease.
Groome-Duke called on citizens to act responsibly.
“It impacts on all of us, on our family in the workplace, our individuals, and that is why we are committed to bring about the changes, behaviour changes that would increase the prevention and provide for the services for all of us here in Tobago,” she said.
THA Chief Secretary Orville London called on the population to reflect.
“I want us to see this as a walk for Tobagonians to reflect on their control over their own lives and their own destiny,” London said.
He said the walk must be one of self-control and self-discipline. “I want us all to note that the success of this exercise is not just about the number of people who attended. This is about what we do after we leave here.”