First Lady, Lordina Mahama, has accepted to be Aids Ambassador to support the Heart-to-Heart campaign and to champion the course of HIV/AIDS patients in the country.
Mrs Mahama made the commitment when the Heart-to-Heart Ambassadors, accompanied by Mrs Angela El-Adas, Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, paid a courtesy call on her to offer her the role.
She expressed her admiration for the four AIDS Ambassadors, who are careers of the HIV virus, for overcoming the stigma associated with the disease to launch the campaign and to appear on TV programmes to create awareness. ‘I admire you and am so proud of you.’ She declared
In furtherance of the campaign, Mrs. Mahama suggested to the Ambassadors and the Ghana AIDS Commission that the campaign must be in local languages so as to reach many Ghanaians.
The First Lady expressed her willingness to support children who are born HIV positive and have been abandoned by their parents and family members.
Mrs. Mahama, who has enormous passion for children, especially orphans, showed emotions when the Ambassadors narrated to her the plight of the abandoned children.
The Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Mrs Angela El-Adas, stated that President Mahama made a commitment to make antiretroviral drug free for people living with HIV when he launched the campaign in November 2011.
Mrs El-Adas further stated that the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS has stopped providing test kits for the Commission this coupled with the delay in the release of funds from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, is a challenge that the Commission is seeking to address.
The Ambassadors took turns to share their experiences with the first lady as well as the challenges they face. Owusu Danso and Mrs Gifty Torkornu. The team from the Ghana AIDS Commission was led by Mrs Angela El-Adas, Director General; Mrs Margaret Yamoah, Communications Manager and Victoria Opokua Gyebi.