The Chief Executive Officer of Janok Foundation, Madam Jane Oku, a community-based organisation at Sabon Zongo, has advised the youth to be conscious of the effects of HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis (TB).
She advised them to avoid casual sex and rather direct their energies towards skills training for national development.
The Foundation organised a football tournament for the youth at Town Council Line in Accra to create awareness on HIV and AIDS and TB.
According to Madam Oku, engaging in sporting activities is a way of preventing oneself from indulging in anti-social practices.
One can then calve a brighter future for themselves.
“As an organisation we believe that mobilizing the youth in sports, especially football, is an important way to assist in curbing the HIV and AIDS menace among them at the community level,” She said.
Madam Oku said sexual and reproductive health of the youth was increasingly becoming a serious problem and assured that her NGO “would not rest on its oars in sensitizing the people on the dangers of HIV and AIDS and TB.”
She said HIV infection weakens the human immune system and creates chances for opportunistic diseases like TB to set in, and people infected were most likely to spread it to others and urged those living with the virus to seek early treatment.
Educating the attendants on TB, she said the TB disease is caused by a bacteria called “mycobacterium” which attacks any part of the body, but usually the lungs, which results in coughing, lasting more than two weeks.
Mr Peter Ahmed Tee, Assemblyman for Sukura, Mr Gambo Wangabi, Assemblyman for Town Council Line and Mr Joseph Addo, Assemblyman for James Town, all in Accra, graced the event and expressed their gratitude to the NGO for promoting health and education in the communities.
They also took turns to add their voices in advising the youth to desist from amorous sex which predisposes one to getting infected with HIV.