GAC organised voluntary HIV/AIDS test for Kwahu Revellers


The Ghana Aids Commission and

Actionplus Foundation, facilitated the voluntary testing of more

than 300 revellers during the Easter holiday on the Kwahu

Mountains.Ghana AIDS Commission
The Kwahu South District Health Directorate and Oboaba Care,

a health related organisation, assisted in the HIV and AIDS

testing which formed part of Actionplus? comprehensive programme

to educate the people on the need to know their status and where

to find help.
In an interview with Ghana News Agency, Reverend Fred

Anin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Actionplus, said the

Foundation decided to organise the programme on the Kwahu

Mountains because during Easter, thousands of people travel there

for home coming activities where human frailties and sexual

desires take the sidelines.
According to him, the Eastern Region has a high prevalence

rate of HIV and AIDS and saw the occasion as very strategic to

help improve on the education and the sensitisation on the

Rev Anin said his foundation would fight the pandemic, which

is eroding the health and productivity of people in the region and

Ghana as a whole.
? HIV is like a ruthless invading army, which shatters the

immune system and leaves the human body like a vast unprotected

field thus allowing many diseases to plunder the body until death

puts it out its misery,? he added.
He said the stigma attached to the pandemic is fading away

because his team has no difficulty in convincing people to test

adding that unlike years ago when people would not come openly to

check their status let alone have their faces and voices captured

on tape.
Rev Anin noted that Kwahu has become a place where people

go and socialise and they have to know that AIDS is real and when

enjoying themselves they have to take precautions.
He called on government and donor agencies to support their

activities to enable them enlarge their scope of work to help

reduce the spread of the pandemic.
Mr Ebenezer Paddy, Disease Control Officer, Kwahu South

District Health Directorate, commended the initiative of

Actionplus foundation and for partnering the health directorate.


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