The Ashaiman Municipal Aids Committee (MAC) in collaboration with the Municipal Health Directorate and the Ashaiman Divisional Council has organised a free health screening for traders and residents of the municipality in the Greater Accra Region.
The two-day exercise, which was supported by the technical support unit of the Ghana AIDS Commission, formed part of activities marking the celebration of the 2016 Homowo festival of the people of Ashaiman.
The beneficiaries were screened for HIV/AIDS, Syphilis, body mass index, blood pressure and educated on family planning and good nutritional practices.
Seventy-three out of 2,627 persons tested positive for HIV/AIDS while 12 out of 1305 persons tested positive for Syphilis.
The participants were educated on safe sexual practices, including abstinence, and condoms and education flyers were distributed to residents.
Chief Executive of Ashaiman municipality, Mr. Ibrahim Baidoo, said the assembly would work hard to facilitate the achievement of the HIV/AIDS First 90 Fast Track Target programme by 2020.
It is a campaign targeted at getting 90 per cent of persons living with HIV/AIDS to know their status by the year 2020.
Mr. Baidoo asked people to know their HIV status in order to seek early medical attention in case of any infection.
In a related development there was a cooking competition of ‘Kpokpoi,’ Ga traditional food, used for the celebration of Homowo, and a football match competition.
From Ken Afedzi, Ashaiman.