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16.02.2007 General News

Krobo Queenmums Seek Help For HIV Orphans

By Francis Tuffour

THE Manya Krobo Queenmothers association has appealed to the government and other benevolent organisations to come to their aid so that they can take better care of HIV/AIDS orphans who are currently in their care.

It says the association for some years now has been caring for some orphans whose parents died through HIV/AIDS, needy and deprived children in the area and said further assistance would boost their operations.

The queenmother of the Manya Krobo Traditional area, Manye Narteki I, made the appeal when a number of organisations joined the association to commence the construction of an ultramodern office complex for the association at Odumase Krobo of the Eastern Region.

The organisations include Unity Way Ghana, NewMont Ghana Gold Limited, Unique Trust Financial Services, African Concrete Product and the Coca Cola Bottling Company.

Others are the Opportunity Industrialisation Centre, Coral Paints, Nestle Ghana Limited, B.B Industrial Company Limited, Gokals and Vanguard Assurance.

The rest were Japan Motors, Ts 'N' Thing and the Business and Financial Times.

Manye Narteki said the project will have a counseling centre, a culture centre, a training centre especially to educate teenage girls among others.

She said the association is currently caring for 1,035 orphans and would therefore be happy if a hand of friendship will be extended to the associations to enable it achieve its aim.

She said the association has a good link to some hospital and clinics that normally offer medical services to the HIV/AIDS persons and orphans.

Touching of the HIV/AID infection in the area, Manye Narteki noted that research had it that the infection rate in the area is reducing gradually which hitherto was at its peak.

All these, she attributed to the massive education on the pandemic by Non governmental, community, faith based organisation with the support of the Ghana AIDS Commission.

Manye Narteki said that although the country is experiencing slight reduction in the infection rate, should not be used as a conduit especially by the youth to engage in pre-marital sex.

She said for the country to reduce or totally eradicate the pandemic, it required the collaboration of both the government, NGOs and the general public saying that the fight should not be left on a few.