54 HIV Positive cases recorded in Tema adolescent corners in 6 months

Mr Alex Segbefia, Health Minister

Mr Alex Segbefia, Health Minister

The Tema Metropolitan Health Directorate has called on stakeholders to help health sector officials in the branch to reduce the high rate of HIV infections among adolescents in the Tema Metropolis.

Dr John Yabani, Metropolitan Health Director, disclosed that 54 adolescents who visited Adolescent Corners at various hospitals in Tema, tested positive to HIV from January and June.

He said the figure included both boys and girls of 10 to 19 years of age.

He noted that those who tested positive to HIV were necessarily not students as being reported in the media, as some of them could be hawkers and street children.

He told the GNA in an interview that the Ghana Health Service, under its Adolescent Reproductive Health Programme had created adolescent corners at the hospitals from where the figure was collated.

Dr. Yabani added that the programme, was aimed at targeting, interacting and educating them on their reproductive health as adolescents noting that” adolescence is a period of experimentation”.

He, therefore, urged parents to monitor and supervise what their children watched on the television and the internet to be able to correct and guide them through that period.

He also appealed to the media to censor what they showed and aired to avoid exposing adolescents to information that would lead them to experiment sexual and end up contracting HIV or sexually transmitted diseases or infections.

-GNA

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