The Kumasi metropolitan Assembly in collaboration with the Ghana AIDS commission and the Ghana Health Service has marked this year’s World AIDS Day with health screening exercise and public campaign at Bantama Market.
Theme for the 2022 AIDS Day which is being celebrated on 1st of December each year is under “20 years of a multi-sectoria HIV response Accelerating progress to End Aids.
Speaking to media in an interview, the Ashanti regional Technical Coordinator for Ghana AIDS commission, Madam Olivia Greyham disclosed that, Ashanti Region has recorded over 7,000 HIV AIDS cases.
According to her, most of the HIV AIDS case is in Ashanti region, greater Accra Eastern Region.
She maintained that, 2 out of 100 people in the Ashanti Region always test positive in HIV AIDS which is very alarming. Madam Olivia Greyham, stated that, in the year 2020 Ashanti Region recorded 3,590 active case in HIV but now has increased to 7, 000 and placed 4th region with the highest recorded cases of HIV/ AIDS. Madam Olivia Greham finally urged Ghanaians to desist from stigmatization because it’s kills people who are willing to check their HIV AIDS status.
On her part, Mrs. Felicia Owusu Agyemang, HIV focal person at Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly also urged the general public to show seriousness to testing to help them know their HIV status.
Madam Felicia Owusu Agyemang also seized the opportunity to appeal to persons living with human Immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) not to shy away from treatment.
She urged HIV patients to accept treatment in order to maintain their viral suppression levels.
She advised the public to take responsibility of protecting themselves from HIV infection by using condoms consistently, reduce sexual partners and test for HIV and sexually transmitted infections.