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24.03.2009 Education

GNAT sensitises members on HIV/AIDS


Members of Tema Chapter of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) on Monday organised a day's sensitisation workshop on HIV/AIDS for 150 female teachers in Tema metropolis.

It was to create awareness on the increasing rate of contracting the disease among women.

Miss Helena Awurasah, GNAT National Gender Coordinator, speaking under the theme for the workshop “Gender and HIV/AIDS” said women were more vulnerable to contract the disease due to their social and economic status.

Miss Awurasah said it was therefore the responsibility of female teachers to educate the public especially girls on the disease and other sexually transmitted diseases to enable them abstain from pre-marital sex.

She advised teachers and the public to voluntarily check their HIV/AIDS status to avoid the spread of the disease.

“The public should not be complacent in knowing their HIV/AIDS status because the disease has become a menace to the country's development,” she said.

Miss Awurasah advised teachers living with the disease to take their treatment serious to live longer.

Mr Samuel Djumpah, Tema Metropolitan GNAT Secretary said female teachers would facilitate the efficient education of students and women on the disease and help reduce the prevalence rate in the metropolis.