865 New HIV/AIDS Patients Gets Respite
The Regional HIV/Tuberculosis focal person, Mr. Emmanuel Obeng-Henneh who made the disclosure explained that all the 865 were new infections out of which 222 were male and 643 females.
Mr. Obeng-Henneh was speaking at a stakeholders meeting on HIV/Tuberculosis and malaria at Abesim, near Sunyani, organized by the Hope for Future Generation (HFFG), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working to enhance the general wellbeing of women and children. According to the regional HIV/TB focalperson, though the region’s HIV prevalence stood at 2.0 percent, the disease was fast spreading and appealed to chiefs, community leaders and civil society organizations to collaborate effectively to bring the spread of the disease under control. He expressed concern that sale of medicines purported to cure HIV/AIDS are affecting strict adherence to active Anti-Retroviral Therapy.
On TB, the regional focal person said 882 cases were detected in the region from January to September this year, while the treatment success rate also stood at 90 percent.
Mr. Obeng-Henneh said 65 percent of TB deaths recorded in the region are linked to HIV/AIDS and appealed to the general public to help detect TB cases and also assist patients to access treatment. He commended NGOs and civil society organizations in the region for their support in tackling HIV/AIDS and TB.
Mr. Anthony Ofori, Malaria Focal Person at the Brong-Ahafo Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service said children less than five years and pregnant women were the malaria most affected people.He advised parents to ensure that their children always sleep under treated mosquito nets to protect them from malaria infections.
Mr Ofori said with the implementation of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) deaths in malaria related cases had declined drastically.
He however expressed worry that some pregnant mothers failed to attend regular antenatal clinics which was a major contributory factor to maternal mortality and child morbidity.
Mrs Rose A. Baalabore, Brong-Ahafo Regional Coordinator of HFFG explained the meeting provided a platform for the NGO’s to educate the general public on its SHARPER HIV projects being implemented in 10 districts in the region.
She said the SHARPER project, when well implemented, would add momentum to the success stories of HIV and TB in Brong-Ahafo.Mrs Baalabore appealed to the entire project implementing communities to support to make it achieve the desire goals and objectives.
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