The Ghana Aids Commission and
Actionplus Foundation, facilitated the voluntary testing of more
than 300 revellers during the Easter holiday on the Kwahu
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
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.