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16.07.2008 Health

Some PLWHAS have stopped taking anti-retroviral-Asante

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Some People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHAS) on the anti-retroviral drugs in the Eastern region, had stopped taking the drugs because they could not feed themselves.

Madam Golda Asante, Eastern regional Focal Person on HIV/AIDS, disclosed this at a two-day consultative workshop in Ho in preparation of the 2009 annual programme of the Ghana AIDS Commission.

She said PLWHAS taking the drugs regularly were doing well but
the people assigned to monitor the taking of the drugs have stopped working because of they were not motivated and called on stakeholders to help remedy the situation.

Madam Asante said the HIV/AIDS prevalent rate in the region dropped from 6 per cent in 2006 to 4.2 at present.

She said efforts were been made to ensure that the region became the least HIV/AIDS prevalent region in the country and urged individuals and organisations to support any such programmes.
"We have Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centres (VCTs) all over the region and we provide the drugs to all health facilities in the region for easy accessibility, all to make the Eastern Region the least prevalent region", she said.

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