Mrs Lordina Dramani Mahama has launched the HIV prevention of mother-to- child transmission campaign in Asante Mampong, in the Ashanti Region.
The campaign, under the auspices of the Lordina Foundation, in collaboration with the Ghana chapter of Organisation of First Ladies in Africa (OAFLA) and Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), attracted queenmothers in Ashanti and parts of Brong-Ahafo regions, regional and departmental heads, chiefs, past and present district chief executives and people from all walks of life.
The First Lady advised the public to take advantage of the free screening and test service and avail themselves for test and counselling as it was only when one knew his/her status that he or she was sure of getting medical support to improve his or health condition and ensure healthy lifestyle.
She said health was critical to the development of every nation and women had critical roles to play in the agenda.
Dr Angela El-Adas, Director-General of GAC, revealed that in Ghana, HIV had a feminine face and women and children, together, formed about 70 per cent of all cases.
She said 2,407 children under 15 years were infected with HIV in 2013.
She said cervical and breast cancers were the commonest causes of cancer related deaths among women in Ghana.
She said close to 5,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and another 2,900 with breast cancer.
As part of the programme, two days was set aside for free breast cancer and cervical cancer screening, blood pressure checks, weight information and education on HIV prevention, stigma and discrimination.