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AIDS is real; Get Tested! OfMA MCE charges religious leaders in the municipality to educate congregants

The Oforikrom Municipal Assembly in partnership with the Ghana AIDS Commission has organized a sensitization and training workshop for the Municipal AIDS committee and Religious Leaders in the Municipality to further enlighten them about the HIV/AIDS in the community on 23rd October, 2020..

In an exclusive interview after a successful sensitization workshop, the Municipal Chief Executive for Oforikrom Municipality Hon. Gloria Temmah Gambrah used this platform to advise the need for people in the community to adopt the habit of regular checkups for their HIV/AIDS status.

She again explained the need for such important sensitization workshops for the leaders of our communities to help them also go out to educate and inform the public about the disease HIV/AIDS. This would help reduce the high rate of transmission from one person to another in our various homes, areas and communities.

The workshop which saw numerous leaders of both Muslim and Christian stakeholders as well as other Civil Society Organizations was successful as a team from the Ghana Health Service was present to run free health screening and HIV testing and counseling. (HTC)

The Technical Coordinator for Ghana AIDS Commission in Ashanti Region Mrs. Olivia Graham also sensitized the attendees on the difference between HIV and AIDS and busted a lot of myths surrounding the virus to help people appreciate the subject area.

Advising the public to abstain from stigmatizing persons living with HIV, she emphasized the need to get tested in order for the virus to be managed at an early stage if one tests positive.

She maintained that it was the duty of all present to ensure that the bell sound HIV continue to ring in the ears of the public just as any other disease to help minimize if not eliminate the stigma around the virus.  

She again appealed to parents and guardians to educate their wards about the HIV infection and their sexual life which will help reduce the high rate of the viral transmission and premature death in our various communities.