HIV infections increase in Tano North Municipality

By Dennis Peprah, GNA   

Duayaw-Nkwanta, (B/A), Jan. 12. GNA – HIV
infections are increasing in the Tano North Municipality of the Brong-Ahafo
Region, report from the St John of God Hospital, the largest health facility in
the Municipality has revealed.

Statistics shows that the Municipality
recorded 184 percent increase in HIV infections in 2018, says Mrs Eva Aryee,
the Tano North Municipal Director of Health.

Speaking at the 2018 annual performance review
meeting at Duayaw-Nkwanta, on the theme “attaining universal health coverage
through effective leadership and governance”, Mrs Aryee advised the people to
guard against unprotected sex to minimise the spread of the disease.

The review meeting provided a platform to
discuss the progress made, the challenges and the way forward, to enhance the
quality of health care delivery in the area.

Mrs Aryee expressed discomfort at the rapid
spread of HIV, and called for concerted efforts for intensified HIV/AIDS
education in the municipality.

That notwithstanding, she said the
Municipality made some successes as immunisation against yellow fever and
measles achieved 95 percent coverage, while the distribution of long-lasting
mosquito treated nets was also successful.

Mrs Aryee mentioned lack of vehicles, and
motorbikes as some major challenges facing the directorate, and appealed for
support.

She said due to the lack of transport, it was
becoming extremely difficult for health workers to carry out health outreach
programmes in hard-to-reach communities.

Mr Ernest Kwarteng, the Tano North Municipal
Chief Executive, commended the health directorate for the deepened
collaboration with other key stakeholders in the municipality, and hoped that
civil society actors in the area would help to provide quality healthcare
services to the people.

Dr Kofi Issah, the Brong-Ahafo Regional
Director of Health, in a speech read on his behalf, advised health workers and
staff of the directorate to work in accordance with the core values of the
Service.

GNA

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