By: Hamdya Muhammad
Residents in the Kumasi Metropolitan area have expressed their worries over the high records of hiv/aids cases in the region.
For some, this is really putting the lives of innocent men and women in danger.
They called on the National Commission for Civic Education(NCCE) to intensify education in the fight against the menace.
They made the call when thealhajj.com spoke to some residents in Kumasi on Tuesday.
The Regional breakdowns of HIV population shows Ashanti Region records high hiv cases in the country.
In recent record declared that Ashanti -73,245, Greater Accra – 70,855, Eastern – 47,866, Western – 25,620, Central – 24,881, Volta -20,949, Bono – 19,173, Bono East – 14,273, Western North – 10,619, Ahafo -8,405, Upper East – 7,953, Northern – 6,941, Oti – 5,877, Upper West – 5,725, Savannah – 3,135 and North East – 2,122
This was made known to the media by The Director General (DG) of Ghana Aids Commission (GAC), Mr. Kyeremeh Atuahene during a workshop organized for the media to educate them on how infections among young people pose a big threat to the fight against the HIV-AIDS scourge in the Asante region.
According to him, some people who were tested positive did not go for treatment due to factors such as fear of stigmatisation.
Mr. Atuahene, therefore, urged the public to desist from stigmatising and discriminating against People Living with HIV/AIDS.
He mentioned that public sensitization, condom promotion and distribution as well as provider-initiated testing at the OPD, as some of the activities they had embarked on to reduce the prevalence rate.
He also called on citizens to be aware of the 90-90-90 target required that by 2021, 90 percent of the population should test and know their status, 90 percent of those tested should be put on treatment and 90 percent of those on treatment should have viral suppression.