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29.11.2004 Regional News

HIV/AIDS sensitization concert held at Winneba

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Winneba (C/R), Nov. 29, GNA - The Baptist Convention on Saturday held a day's HIV/AIDS musical concert at Winneba to sensitize the public on the disease and its fast spread in the country.

Ten musical choir groups from the Winneba town and the University of Education Winneba participated in concert and presented their songs proposed on HIV/AIDS to the large number of people who attended. The participating groups were the Winneba Youth Choir, Baptist Students Choir of the University of Education Winneba (UEW), the Anglican Youth Choir Winneba and the Mass choir of the UEW. Several students from the University of Education Winneba also attended the concert, organized by the Baptist Convention Foundation and the Ghana AIDS Commission, under the theme: "Setting the Generation Free from AIDS"

In his opening address, the chairman of the Baptist convention, Mr. Jervis Djokoto, appealed to the government and Musical Association of Ghana (MUSIGA) to come out with a law that would regulate music in the country and also ensure that profane lyrics were banned.

He said such songs do not augur well for the moral, social and economic advancement of the nation, "especially at this present day of waging serious war against the dreaded disease."

Mr. Ashalley Djan, Awutu-Effutu-Senya District HIV/AIDS focal person, said the district ranked third after Cape Coast and the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem district on the regional HIV/AIDS records.

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