ABU Journal, Department Of Public Administration
Volume No: 2|
ASSESSMENT OF AWARENESS AND PERCEPTION OF HIV/AIDS AMONG ACADEMIC STAFF OF AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA
ABDUL HAMIDU ABDULLAHI
DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES , FACULTY OF ADMINISTRATION, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA ,NIGERIA
The study assesses the awareness and perception of HIV/AIDS among the academic staff of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.(A.B.U.) The HIV/AIDS epidemic has permeated all sectors of the society with the youths among the high risk groups, and academic staff are constantly exposed to them as vulnerable actors. The study anchored on the Health Belief Model employed both primary and secondary data as the tools of data collection administered on a sample population of the academic staff of A.B.U. Zaria. Descriptive and inferential statistics were tools of analysis used for the data collected. The findings include, there is a high level of awareness of HIV/AIDS among the different categories of academic. In terms of perception, the different categories of academic staff indicate high level of understanding the implication of the HIV/AIDS epidemic too though much higher among the most senior academic staff. The study recommends the speedy implementation of A.B.U. Zaria Policy on HIV/AIDS Management, which will present a dynamic and more pragmatic way forward for the academic staff, the university community and the nation at large.
The study has demonstrated that there is a satisfactory level of awareness and perception of HIV/AIDs among the academic staff of A.B.U. Zaria, though in terms of awareness, it is more among the senior academia than the junior. The study also discovered that such awareness and perception of HIV/AIDs have not been translated into facilitating the attainment of a comprehensive university HIV/AIDs legal policy document and the inclusion of HIV/AIDs in some courses and the modules of the university.