Volta and Brong Ahafo Regions have overtaken the Eastern region in the national HIV prevalence among pregnant women with both regions pegged at 2.7% each according to the 2016 Sentinel survey report.
The national prevalence average however stands at 2.4%, lower than the average prevalence of the two regions.
The Director General of the Ghana Aids Commission, Dr. Mokowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi, made this known in Kumasi where this year’s national commemoration of the World AIDS Day was observed.
Commemoration Of World AIDS Day In Kumasi
Each year, the World Health Organization (W.H.O) sets aside the 1st of December for the commemoration of the World AIDS Day by all UN-member countries.
It is primarily to create public awareness about the causes, effects as well as the preventive mechanisms for the fight against the dreadful HIV and AIDS.
In Ghana, the Ghana Aids Commission decided to hold the national AIDS Day concurrently with the National Farmers’ Awards in Kumasi to leverage on the highly patronized farmers recognition and appreciation event.
This year’s AIDS Day focused on “The Right to Health, Know Your HIV Status, seek early treatment”.
Key activities undertaken to mark the Day were Voluntary Counselling and Testing of patrons of the event for them to be abreast of their HIV status to enable them to live careful lifestyles.
The other activities were sensitization of the people on the current situation of HIV in Ghana, the causes, effects and how to prevent contracting it while interested people were educated on the most effective means of using both the female and male condoms.
Condoms and educational materials were also given out to the patrons.
Some of the people who opted for the Voluntary Counseling and Testing, VCT, said once they know their HIV status now, they are relieved of any fear and will live responsible lives henceforth.
They encouraged other people to also go for the testing to know their status.
The Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr. Mokowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi, expressed worry about the increasing prevalent cases of the virus in the Volta and Brong Ahafo regions who have now overtaken the Eastern region which for many years, had the highest rate.
On her part, the President’s Representative on the Governing Board of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Madam Cecilia Dapaah, said government has accepted HIV and AIDS prevalence in the country as a national problem.
It is for this reason that government has made budgetary allocation for activities of the Commission in the fight against further spread of the disease.