NPP congress 1,030 test for HIV
The quest to have 9 out of every 10 people who are living with HIV know their status was given a further boost during the just ended New Patriotic Party (N.P.P) Congress.
The Eastern Regional office of the Ghana AIDS Commission mounted a stand and encouraged participants and the general public who had thronged to the Koforidua Technical University to take part in the HIV Testing Services that were being offered.
For the period of the 26th National Delegates Congress of the ruling New Patriotic Party 1,030 accessed the services. They were made up of 622 males and 408 females ranging between the ages of 18 and 65. The program attracted over 6000 delegates and 2000 party faithful. Ms Golda Asante, a Technical Coordinator TSU, said about 8 people out of every 10 of the number that tested were in their youth between the ages of 18 and 45. She described it as positive in the effort to achieve the first 90 under the Agenda 90-90-90.
The Agenda 90-90-90 is a global goal to response positively to HIV and AIDS. Per the goal, by 2020, 9 out of every 10 people in Ghana would have tested and known their HIV status; 9 out of every 10 of those who are positive would be Antiretroviral treatment and care; and 9 out of every 10 people would have achieved viral suppression.
According to Ms Asante, her office will take advantage of every outdoor event to make available testing services to the public, giving Akuapem Odwira and the Kwahu Easter festivities as examples, where they have extended the HIV services to the public.
People who react, and are confirmed to be positive are referred to health facilities where they are monitered and put on ART treatment and care.
She urged the public to get tested since it is the surest way to stay safe.
By : Sylvanus Gatorwu. Copy right (c) July 2018 for MJA-GH