Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, the Western Regional Minister, has said having been infected with HIV was not the end of one’s life and thus, encouraged persons living with the virus to take the right medication in order to live normal life like any other person.
He said the government’s response to the HIV epidemic since its first discovery in the country in 1986, had been impressive with the national response strategy yielding great dividends.
Mr. Aidoo said this in a speech read on his behalf at the regional durbar held in the Shama District, in Shama, to mark this year’s World AIDS Day, on Thursday.
According to the Regional Minister, the prevalence rate in the Region had reduced from 2.4 percent to 2.0 percent last year, saying although the figure was higher than the national prevalence rate of 1.8 percent; however, it required concerted efforts from all well-meaning Ghanaian to curb the menace.
The day is marked worldwide on December 1 every year to raise awareness of the disease, its impact on infected persons and encourage them to seek treatment as well as avoid risky lifestyles and stigmatization.
The theme for this year’s campaign is: “Hands Up for the HIV Prevention” and is aimed at breathing new life into HIV prevention efforts globally, and inspired people to rethink HIV prevention for a new generation. The theme chosen by the local organizers was: “90-90-90: Providing Comprehensive Integrated Services for All towards an HIV-free Generation”.