The First Lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama, as part of her campaign towards the elimination of the Mother- to –Child transmission of the Human Immuno Deficiency Virus (HIV) and Keeping Mothers Alive organised a free health screening for residents of Kpetoe in the Agortime –Ziope District of the Volta Region.
Most of the people were tested for HIV/AIDS and breast and cervical cancers.
Speaking at the function, Mrs. Mahama pledged that her foundation, Lordina Foundation would continue to partner the government and the global community to help provide support for the campaign.
She said despite the fact that women played a significant role in the development of the country, they suffered a high health risk of HIV as well as other reproductive diseases.
The First Lady believed it was unacceptable and called on all stakeholders and individuals to intensify their campaign strategies to reverse the trend.
She explained that there was a global commitment to halt AIDS by 2030 and therefore called for hard work to stop new HIV infections among our youth and ensure that “AIDS is no longer one of the leading causes of death among our people.
The First Lady stated further that 70 per cent of pregnant women in the country were undergoing HIV testing to make sure their babies were protected from the disease.
She said it was important to demonstrate and sensitise communities about the availability of these services being extended to them and encourage community members to visit health facilities for regular check-ups.
Mr Victor Ntumy of the Ghana AIDS Commission commended the First Lady for her campaign saying it had been successfully implemented in seven regions.
According to him, last year alone more than 3,215 people were screened for cervical cancer and 73 cases were positive for the cancer screening test and 124 had other reproductive health conditions.
He added that over 3,932 individuals have been tested and counselled on HIV during these outreaches.
In her welcome address, the Volta Regional Minister, Helen Ntoso assured the First Lady of the support of the Volta Regional Co-ordinating Council (VRCC) in sustaining the programme.
She advised all present especially women to visit the health facilities regularly so as to be healthy all the time.
From Kafui Gati, Kpetoe