WR marks World AIDS Day with caution against stigmatisation

Seth Danquah, GNA

Takoradi, Dec 2, GNA
– Mrs Eugenia Gifty Kusi, the Deputy Western Regional Minister, has cautioned
against discrimination and stigmatization of persons living with HIV/AIDS as it
discourages people from testing to ascertain their status of the virus.

The practice, she
said made people shy away from availing themselves to testing services to know
their status for fear of being stigmatised should they test positive.

Mrs Kusi gave the
caution at a ceremony to mark this year’s World AIDS Day celebration in
Takoradi on the national theme, “Communities Make the Difference – Help End

The celebration was
held by the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) in collaboration with the Ghana Health
Service (GHS).

It was attended by
students from Senior High Schools (SHS) and Junior High Schools (JHS),
traditional authorities, clergy, journalists and members of the public.

The Deputy Minister
described statistics from the region as alarming and called for care in
handling the HIV menace.

She said “AIDS is
real” and called for the need to be each other’s keepers so as to eliminate the

She said with the
current level of coverage, provision of logistics and funding in the region was
not enough, but that the RCC would leave no stone unturned in eliminating the

She commended
persons living with HIV/AIDS, Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs), the media,
traditional authorities and stakeholders for the roles they played in curbing
the menace.

Nana Kow Entsie II,
Omanhene of Wassa Mpohor Traditional Area, who chaired the occasion recounted
that hitherto, HIV/AIDS was touted as a curse, but with careful research and
proactive sensitisation over the years, it was understood as one of the viral

“HIV/AIDS should be
of great concern to all and sundry so as to guard against it from spreading
further,” he added.


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