Odorkor Drivers Take Free HIV/AIDS Screening


The Janok Foundation, a community-based organization in the Ablekuma Central Municipality, has organized free HIV/AIDS screening exercise for drivers of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and passengers at Odorkor in Accra.

The over 100 drivers and passengers, who took part in the screening were examined on blood pressure levels, HIV status and Tuberculosis (TB) by medical teams from Ablekuma North Municipal Health Directorate.

The exercise forms part of the NGO’s activities to create greater awareness of the causes of diseases such as TB and HIV/AIDS.

Madam Jane Amerley Oku, Chief Executive of the NGO in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said good health was essential in the life of every person and advised the drivers to check their health status regularly to prevent diseases.

She said often people diagnosed of TB neglected their drugs even though they were free medications, and urged them to take their drugs to prevent the spread of the disease.

“We want more people apart from our awareness programme, to voluntarily go and test their TB and HIV/AIDS to enhance the effort being made to attain some of the requirements towards achieving the national target of reducing the infections,” she stated.

Madam Oku said people have forgotten that HIV/AIDS and TB still existed while they were talking much about COVID-19, adding that early detection of the diseases would result in prevention.

Mr Joseph K. Boateng, HIV/AIDS focal person at the Ablekuma North Health Directorate, who took the people through the screening, advised them to develop the culture of checking their health regularly to prevent themselves from acquiring the diseases.

He assured the health authorities total support of the Janok Foundation in their quest to organize frequent screening for the citizenry.

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