Western Region makes stride in mother to child HIV/AIDs transmission

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HIV-and-AIDS
HIV-and-AIDS

The Western Region has made significant strides in ending and Preventing Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and AIDs.

The approach of compulsory testing for all pregnant women, and putting them on drugs should any case be detected, have enabled the Region to have babies delivered free of HIV and AIDs.

Dr Samuel Aidoo, the Western Regional HIV and AIDs Coordinator told the Ghana News Agency that despite the Region being among the top five Regions of new infections, newborns cannot be counted as part.

The Western Region currently has over 2,500 living with the virus and 2000 AIDs cases.

He also noted that key populations who are mainly carriers of the virus, continue to grow in the Region due to economic activities, the Region’s association with other border countries, and the influx of people in general.

The prevalence rate stood at 1.7 percent, an increase in the National figure of 1.6 percent.

To this wise, the Region had created more Antiretroviral centres, increased awareness on self-testing among others.

Dr Aidoo said, “now we have close to 80 accessible centres offering services to all our clients”.

Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the Western Regional Minister noted how painful it was for people to still die of HIV and AIDs, though medication abounds.

He said it had become imperative that more awareness was created, especially on discrimination and stigma to help in eliminating it.

Mr. Darko-Mensah said, ending inequalities, AIDs and pandemics could only be achieved when urgent attention was paid to social wrongs that hampered the goal of ending AIDs by 2030.

Other interventions earmarked to prevent new HIV infection and enhance treatment included HIV self testing, back to care, the introduction of the PrEP medication and the creation of healthy living platforms for Information.

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