Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Amidu Chinnia Issahaku
The Paramount Chief of Tumu and Member of the Council of State, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton
The Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Amidu Chinnia Issahaku says stigmatization and discrimination against persons living with HIV and AIDS remains a key challenge in communities and health facilities.
To this end, he stressed the necessity for all Ghanaians to serve as agents against discrimination such person.
Mr. Issahaku pointed out that the need for all to stand up against stigma and discrimination has been reinforced because health workers supposed reach out to persons withthe condition still discriminate against them.
He made the remarks at the inauguration of the Upper West Regional Committee of the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) in Wa.
GBC’s Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo reports that, the Deputy Regional Minister said even though the Ghana AIDS Commission Act 2016, Act 938 out-laws stigma and discrimination, the canker still persists.
He regretted that persons living with HIV and AIDS are denied jobs or sacked from their work by virtue of their HIV status, saying schools, churches and mosques which should serve as sanctuaries for all of us in times of difficulty, are equally blamable for discrimination.
Mr. Issahaku was not happy about what he termed “false claim of HIV cure” by some herbalists and religious leaders.
He was of the view that the problem has been aggravated by some self-styled prophets in the country called on the citizenry to drum home the point that, “the best treatment for HIV currently is the ARV medication and no one who is HIV positive should be fooled into abandoning his/her medication because a prophet has prayed for him/her and pronounced him/her cured”.
The Paramount Chief of Tumu and Member of the Council of State, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton who deputized for the President, Nana Akufo-Addo said Ghana’s HIV and AIDS response has undergone a significant paradigm shift since its detection in 1986.
He indicated that the government is working assiduously to establish the national HIV and AIDS fund to ensure that our national response is financially self-reliant.
Kuoro Kanton who is also a board member of GAC urged the members of the Upper West Regional Committee to support government to achieve its targets.
The committee members were sworn into office by the Circuit Court Judge in Wa, Baah Forson Agyapong.
Story by Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo