LET'S SHOW DETERMINATION TO AIDS FIGHT - DIRECTOR GENERAL
Published: 13 May 2017
Last Updated: 13 May 2017
13 May 2017
Dr Mokowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi, New Director General Ghana AIDS Commission
The new Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), Ambassador Dr Mokowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi has rallied stakeholders in the health sector to intensify efforts aimed at halting the spread of the HIV disease in the country.
She has also urged for a more concerted approach in stopping mother to child transmission of the virus.
According to her, the current prevalence rate of the disease calls for the redoubling of efforts from all stakeholders.
This, she stressed is the only way to ensure the Commission realises its target of halting the spread of the disease by 2020.
Addressing participants at the national dissemination forum earlier in Kumasi, Dr Alexis Nang-Beifubah, Ashanti regional director of health services said the fight against the HIV pandemic was far from over.
According to him, the epidemiology of the disease in Ghana was difficult to explain.
The recent prevalence rates in the country, he noted present the country the clearest picture for health providers to redouble efforts in stemming the tide.
He expressed surprise that Ashanti had ranked second in the places where HIV infections were prevalent.
He, therefore, called for a more determined approach in confronting the unfortunate trend.
Revealing the challenges facing the Commission in the Ashanti region, Madam Olivia Graham, Technical COORDINATOR for GAC said lack of funding is the biggest setback.
According to her, the Commission always fall short of securing enough funds to undertake activities it had earmarked in Ashanti.
The heavy workload on the shoulders of GAC workers, she hinted was also a draw back to effectively realizing the commission's set targets.
In the Ashanti region, MS Graham disclosed stigma and discrimination has continued to hinder the efforts of the GAC to effectively counsel and provide treatment to persons living with HIV and other sexually transmitted disease.
In his succinct comments, the Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah urged all stakeholders to work to halt the scourge of the virus and also work to reduce the prevalence rate in the region.
He called for a more effective approach by medical practitioners to providing the needed care and information to reducing the spread of the HIV virus.
Story by Ofosu-Afriyie, Kumasi