1.9% of Ghanaians HIV positive
The National Coordinator, Gender, of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Madam Helena Awurasah, has disclosed that the number of people infected with HIV/ AIDS is 1.9% with teachers comprising 9% in the country.
She lamented that since women are more vulnerable, most of those infected with the disease were women.
According to her, in 2003 there was a survey on HIV sensitisation during which they chose Aflao, Bole, Oboist and Ajumako as their pilot areas, after which it came out that 99% of teachers in the area do not use condoms during sexual intercourse.
Madam Awurasah made the disclosure at a day's workshop on HIV/AIDS for female teachers in the Tema municipality at the Teachers Resource Centre in Tema on Monday.
She explained that the workshop was just to sensitise female teachers and keep them abreast with gender and HIV.
She advised the teachers to know their HIV status because it is very important.
She again revealed that GNAT has collaborated with the Adabraka Polyclinic so that any teacher who wants to know his/her HIV status can go there and test, adding, GNAT has also got a very big counseling centre at the secretariat which would be counseling any teacher not only on the disease but marital and other problems confronting them either in the house or school.
The National Coordinator said now teaching is becoming feminised so female teachers should work hard to achieve their aim and if at the end of the day they decide to put their chalk down they would be happy they have done a good work.
On his part the Metro GNAT Secretary, Mr. Djumpah Samuel, said they have realised that women are the main focus and the rate at which HIV is being spread they thought it wise to involve female teachers as the main educators, which would rather help all.
He noted that women have been sidelined, which was why they decided to add the programme for them to know that they are also important in the GNAT.
Mr. Djumpah also revealed that they have also done so many programmes for female teachers within GNAT including breast screening among others.
He also advised women, especially female teachers, not to be complacent because HIV / AIDS is no respecter of persons.