The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Samuel Kwakye-Darfuor, has directed all the Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs) in the Region to celebrate the World AIDS Day (WAD) with an activity alongside the Farmers’ Day.
According to the Minister all chief executives should incorporate HIV and AIDS message in their respective addresses and allocate some time for HIV education in the course of the program, whiles testing services and condom promotion should be side attraction.
This was disclosed by the Eastern Regional Coordinator of the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), Ms Golda Asante in an interview with the GNA on arrangements and activities earmarked to mark the WAD in the Region.
Ghana joined the global community to mark World AIDS Day on December 1, each year and this year’s coincides with the National Farmers Day. The global theme for 2017 is “The Right to Health” however Ghana has opted for “Know Your Status, Seek Early Treatment”
Ms Asante said the directive was part of a comprehensive plan in collaboration with the Regional Coordinating Council to revive the HIV campaign in the various districts in the Region to ensure that gains made so far were consolidated towards achieving zero new infection.
According to Ms Asante, about 4,000 people would be reached in the Region on HIV testing and services including distribution of Behavioral Change Communication materials such as condoms, adding that test kits and all logistics were ready for the exercise.
She said once a person tested positive, such people would be linked to care and services through all means to ensure that such persons did not default in the treatment line.
She said despite the fact that prevalence had gone down in the Region, new reported cases in number of facilities were increasing and so she noted that it was not as if all was well as far as HIV and AIDS was concern.
Ms Asante appealed to the public to be careful with their sexual behaviours because, though the HIV campaign had gone down it did not mean that the infection through careless sexual behaviours had changed.