Former HIV/AIDS Ambassador Joyce Dzidzor Mensah says she is receiving psychological treatment for the “pains” she has gone through prior to and following her public declaration that she lied about her HIV status.
Dzidzor is facing investigations by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police Service for allegedly committing the crime of deceit of the public officer. She was granted bail and is expected to report to the CID Headquarters next week to assist with investigations.
Her ‘confession’ in December that she lied about her HIV-positive status which allowed her to join the Ghana Aids Commission’s (GAC) “Heart to Heart” campaign against stigmatization of persons living with the disease came as a shock to many.
Under the AIDS Commission’s regulations, only persons who are HIV positive, can be Ambassadors in the “Heart to Heart” campaign.
The GAC is contesting the claim of the 27-year-old mother of two and has reported the case to the police CID for further investigations.
The former HIV/AIDS Ambassador told Joy News’ Hannah Odame that she feels traumatized by the harrowing experiences she faced when she was suspected of being HIV positive, as well as after she went public about her actual HIV/AIDS status.
She said she is being treated for “things that I didn’t deal with properly; like when I was beaten in my neighbourhood and rejected….and with the current issues with all the insults or any pain so that I will recover from all the things that I have gone through.”
Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of the CID, ASP Joseph Benefo Darkwa told Joy FM Friday, January 9, 2015, they will be compelled to seek counsel from the Attorney-General’s Department on how to proceed with verifying the HIV status of the controversial AIDS ambassador.
Her lawyer told Joy News, Thursday that his client will not comply with a police directive to undertake an HIV test unless ordered to do so by a competent court. According to Kojo Koranteng, the police have no capacity to ask Joyce Dzidzor Mensah to conduct an HIV test.
Faced with this resistance, ASP Darkwa said the police will seek advice from the A-G’s Department on whether or not to go to court to compel the lady in question to submit herself for a test, when investigations are completed.
“When there is an evidence that this is what she has done, then we will go to the A-G’s Department for advice and if they advise us to go to court, we will go to court,” the PRO told host of the Show, Kojo Yankson. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Jerry Tsatro Mordy | [email protected]
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