Northern Regional Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has received one million condoms from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) in support of an awareness creation programme to sensitise selected communities on the prevention and control HIV/AIDS.
Other medical equipment and consumables consisting of 1,000,000 long lasting insecticidal nets, 1,000 mosquito larvicides, microscopes, nucleopore filters, blood collection equipment, lancets boxes, disinfectants, amongst others, were presented to the GHS.
The items, presented to the GHS authorities, formed part of the health aspect of the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP).
The equipment are expected to mitigate any unintended negative health impacts of the infrastructure facilities in the beneficiary communities.
Presenting the equipment to the GHS in Tamale, the Deputy Minister of MoFA and Member of Parliament for Mion , Dr Alhassan Ahmed Yakubu, expressed the hope that the donation would strengthen the collaboration between MoFA and GHS to enable the two state agencies to work closely to mitigate the unintended negative effects of water-borne disease and HIV/AIDS.
Deputy National Programme, Manager of Neglected Tropical Diseases at GHS, Dr Benjamin Marfo, on behalf of the Director General,Dr Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, lauded MoFA’s move to partner GHS to deal with health problems in the region.
He observed that many projects gear at alleviating sufferings normally do not factor in unintended health impact in the society.
Dr Marfo was, therefore, happy that NRGP and MoFA considered the health impact of the people, adding that GHS would conduct a base line survey on the incidence of water disease and would create awareness of the beneficiary communities on the prevention and control of water related diseases and HIV/AIDS.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale
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