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HIV/AIDS deaths, new infections: Sekondi Takoradi tops all

The Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis in the Western region, has been ranked the highest in new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths. HIV prevalence in the Metropolis stood at 3.8 percent in the 2018 sentinel survey; more than half of what was recorded in 2017 (1.6 percent), and much higher than the regional and national average.

This was disclosed by the Director of Health at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Dr. Peter Kojo Tambil in his address at the Western Region’s observation of the World AIDs Day.

Among the top twenty districts in the country with highest HIV population, Sekondi Takoradi is ranked seventh with its neighbour, Effia Kwesimintsim Municipality ranked nineteenth.

On this note, Dr. Tambil called on a collaborative effort among government, civil society, and other key actors to create and amplify awareness on the debilitating effect of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

On her part, Deputy Western regional Minister, Gifty Eugenia Kusi stressed that government is committed to the realization of the 90-90 fast-track, with the provision and improvement of health facilities across the country to undertake more HIV testing and treatment.

Already there are fears that Ghana is not likely to achieve the 90-90-90 target aimed at ending the spread of HIV by 2020 following revelations that some 170,000 adults with the virus are not on treatment, accounting for more than 50% of the number of people living with HIV in the country.

The 90-90-90 target initiated by the UNAIDS is a treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic.

By 2020, 90% of all people living with the deadly virus will know their HIV status with 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection receiving sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy being given viral suppression.

By: Ekow Annan/frontpageghana

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