HIV Increases In Brong-Ahafo

The 2013 HIV Sentinel Survey report indicates that HIV prevalence rate in the Brong Ahafo Region has marginally increased from 2.0 per cent in 2012 to 2.1per cent, in 2013, which is slightly higher than the national prevalence rate of 1. per cent.

The study, which was carried out by the Ghana Statistical Service and the Ghana Health Service, used pregnant women who attended antenatal clinic as its sample population.

The study identified the Wenchi area in the region, made up of Techiman, Banda and Tain as obtaining the highest prevalence rate of 3.8 per cent, increasing from 2.0 in 2010.

Mr. Emmanuel Obeng Hinneh, Brong Ahafo Regional HIV/TB Co-ordinator, announced these during a training workshop held in Sunyani for selected opinion leaders in the region.

The event was organised by the Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), a non-governmental organisation, as part of the project dubbed “Advocating for Young Women’s Access to Safe Abortion and Contraceptive Services in Brong Ahafo.”

Mr. Hinneh said the HIV prevalence rate had been “rising steadily” in Wenchi, compared to other areas in the region like Kintampo, Goaso and Sunyani.

He said the trend was due to sexual promiscuity and poverty, and called for urgent measures to stop this.

Mr. Hinneh said HIV prevalence in Techiman was due the influx of people to the area for economic prospects as well as to the Bui Dam area, and appealed to the public to co-operate with bodies implementing HIV programmes, to prevent its spread.

From Daniel Dzirasah,Sunyani

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