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HIV/AIDS prevalence rate declines in Ghana – Statistics

stop-aidsThe Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Nortey Dua, says recent statistics have revealed a decline in the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the country. Ghanaians must not become complacent to reverse the situation. He said considering the cost involved in the treatment of the disease there is the need to intensify awareness on the disease to prevent its spread.

Nii Nortey Dua said this during an inter-school football gala competition dubbed, Kick AIDS, Stay alive at Legon in Accra. It was organized by Youth Link Ghana, an NGO. He said research over the years has shown that the youth are the most vulnerable group in the HIV/AIDS pandemic. He therefore lauded initiatives by the NGO’s to equip the youth with the necessary information about the disease to shape their lives for a better future.

The Communications and Public Relations Officer of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Eric Pwadura, urged Ghanaians particularly the youth to endeavour to get tested for the disease to know their status. He cautioned that if the youth are not well informed about the dangers of the HIV/AIDS Virus, the country may lose most of them before reaching adulthood.

Mr. Pwadura said it is critical to nip in the bud the situation by selling the message of abstinence, being faithful and the use of condom to the youth. He encouraged them to talk about HIV/AIDS in schools, churches and other youth gatherings to help in the fight against stigmatization.

The Executive Director of Youth Link Ghana, Kakra Opoju-Agyakwa said the event which brought pupils from sixteen Primary and Junior High Schools, was organized in collaboration with Right to Play and Play Soccer Ghana, both NGO’s, to create awareness on the disease, and encourage positive lifestyles particularly among the youth.

Source: GBC NEWS

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