Persons living with HIV/AIDS will be spared the hustle and stress of walking long distances to access requisite health care at the hospitals.
This is because a new policy –the Community-Home-Based Policy– hasbeen added to the existing national AIDS policies after it was reviewed.
Under the policy, community health workers, families and civil society organizations will be trained on special health care services for HIV/AIDS patients.
Trained personnel after the exercise will have to visit homes of HIV/AIDS persons and render health care services.
Director of Policy and Planning at Ghana Aids Commission, Dr. Joseph Kwadwo Amuzu believes the new policy will ease the pressure on hospitals.
He is positive this will improve the health care delivery for such persons.
The 2013 Annual report of the Ghana Health Service revealed over one thousand persons are living with HIV/AIDS in the region but lack the requisite care.
According to the report, only seventeen of the thirty districts in the region have Anti-retroviral treatment centres while others lacked test kits and anti-retroviral drugs.
This compels patients to cover long distances to access health care and sometimes have broken contacts with doctors.
At a meeting in Kumasi, some stakeholders shared their worry to Luv News. They complained among others, of stigmatization and of the perennial issues that have arisen with taking proper care, to HIV/AIDS patients.
Dr. Amuzu acknowledged the resource challenges the policy is likely to face and has called on stakeholders and benefactors to support the Commission.
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