Oil boom fueling HIV prevalence in the Western Region

HIV prevalence in the Western Region

HIV prevalence in the Western Region |The Oil & Gas enclave in the Western Region has contributed to the rise in the prevalence of HIV in that part of Ghana, making it the highest, Dr. Raphael Adu-Gyamfi, a Programme Officer in the Clinical Care Unit of National AIDS Control Programme, has said.

The region, he said, is leading the whole country with a 3.1 percent prevalence, followed by the Greater Accra Region.

HIV prevalence have become a thing of concern for many who care about the state of HIV in the country.

In the past, the Eastern Region had lead in HIV prevalence for years, this became a thing of the past as other regions began to record higher rates with the Eastern Region gradually recording low rates.

Dr. Adu-Gyamfi explained on the Ghana Yensom show on Accra100.5FM, an Accra based radio station on Friday, 5 July 2019 that the buoyant commercial nature of these two regions attracts a potpourri of people from different backgrounds and spheres.

HIV prevalence in the Western Region

As more people, some of whom are Persons Living with HIV troop to these areas, they spread it among the indigenes of these two regions.

He further stated that apart from the Eastern and Northern regions that have a low prevalence, the remaining ones have high rates.

“Among the regions, the Western Region is leading with 3.1 percent, followed by the Greater Accra region. HIV moves with commerce or business and, so, as businesses grow in these regions, careers are more likely to send the disease to those areas.”

HIV prevalence in the Western Region

“We need to scale up education on this matter,” he added.

He further revealed that 334,000 people are living with HIV in Ghana while there were 19,931 new infections recorded last year. Also, 14,181 HIV and AIDS-related deaths were recorded within that period.

Source: classfmonline |

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