14.06.2006 Health

Ashanti Chiefs Join Hands Against AIDS

By Erastus Asare-Donkor
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Thirty-five paramount chiefs in the Ashanti Region have started a massive campaign against HIV/AIDS in the region. The Paramount chief of Mpasaso Number One, Nana Tabi Gyansah, who announced this, said it is in response to Otumfuo's initiative to lead the crusade against the pandemic.

He was speaking at a durbar organized by the Mpasaso Traditional Council for the Serwaa Ampem AIDS Foundation in collaboration with Promoting Partnership with Traditional Authorities both NGOs at Mpasaso. Nana Gyansah said all the paramount chiefs in the region would soon organize training workshops on HIV/AIDS for their sub-chiefs to be sponsored by the two NGOs to equip them with the requisite skills and knowledge to spread the preventive message to the people.

He urged the people not to associate the disease with witchcraft and other supernatural causes and avoid promiscuous lives, which is the major cause of the pandemic. A Disease Control Officer at the Suntreso Hospital in Kumasi, Madam Cynthia Cecilia Sakyi, urged people not to attribute every emaciated body to HIV/AIDS, since tuberculosis could also lead to leanness.

She appealed to people to report immediately to hospitals or clinics any symptoms of the disease, since it would be treated freely.

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