Joyce Dzidzor Mensah
The police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested Joyce Dzidzor Mensah, the lady at the centre of the HIV/AIDS debacle, for interrogation over her HIV status.
This was after officials of the Ghana AIDS Commission had lodged an official complaint to the police against the former HIV ambassador for posing as an HIV positive patient and signing on the ambassadorial position.
Per the Ghana AIDS Commission’s regulations, only HIV positive persons can be ambassadors in the Heart-to-Heart Foundation which Madam Dzidzor Mensah was an ambassador.
It would be recalled that Dzidzor Mensah in December last year, confessed to News-One that she faked her status just to help in the national fight against discrimination against persons living with HIV/AIDS.
She was quoted to have said that she had never tested positive for HIV but was only telling the nation and the world a lie because she had been stigmatised after having a child with an HIV positive patient who later died of the disease.
Confirming her arrest to DAILY GUIDE , ASP Joseph Benefor Darkwa, the Public Relations Officer in-charge at the CID headquarters, said the police invited Ms Mensah to their outfit to help in their investigations based on some allegations levelled against her by officials of the Ghana AIDS Commission.
‘She reported herself to the police yesterday morning in the company of her lawyer and is currently being interrogated by officials of CID,’ he added.
He stated that after interrogations were over, Joyce would be asked to get someone to grant her police enquiry bail after which investigations could continue.
ASP Darkwa could, however, not confirm to the paper what was contained in the report lodged by the Ghana AIDS Commission against the one-time HIV ambassador to their outfit.
‘The AIDS Commission made a complaint to us that one time she claimed to be HIV positive but she is now claiming to be negative,’ ASP Darkwah said.
The commission came under serious attack by a section of the public after Ms Mensah, believed to be an HIV positive patient and campaigner, confessed to the world that she was not a carrier of the virus.
In the wake of the brouhaha, the commission issued a press release indicating that it had evidence that Joyce had tested HIV positive in 2007.
The statement continued that after making her an HIV ambassador in 2007, the commission decided to terminate her appointment in November 2012 because she was using the position to advance her personal interest.
Ms Mensah, on the other hand, had insisted that the commission was only on a face-saving gimmick and that at no point did the commission or its agents conduct any test on her to ascertain her HIV status before signing her on the Heart-to-Heart Foundation.
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By Linda Tenyah
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