The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) has recorded an increase in new
HIV/AIDS infection among young adults in the Upper West region.
Mr Dramani Yakubu,
the Regional Technical Coordinator of the commission who announced this at Boli
a farming community in UWR during the 31st celebration of the World
AIDS Day,jointly celebrated with the 2019 Farmers Day said the region recorded
0.83 per cent of the infection rate.
Mr Dramani said
though the region made appreciable progress in the HIV response by sustaining a
low HIV prevalence of 0.83 per cent as against the national average of 1.69 per
cent as at 2018 it was still alarming.
He said the success
is as a result of increase in access to HIV and AIDS services through the
implementation of the “Treat All, Differentiated Module of Care, Viral Load
Testing, and Task Shifting Policies” in line with the Ghana AIDS Commission’s
commitment to leave no one behind.
Mr Dramani, however,
lamented that despite the progress made, the new HIV infections among young
adults went up and the region topped in HIV prevalence in the five regions of
the North with the North East Region recording the lowest prevalence of 0.39
per cent, Northern Region 0.40 per cent, Upper East Region 0.61 per cent,
Savanna Region 0.75 per cent and the Upper West Region with 0.83 per cent.
According to Mr
Dramani, the Upper West region currently have about 4,165 people living with
HIV, 248 people were newly infected, 176 AIDS related deaths and 1,746 people
were on Antiretroviral Treatments (ARTs) with a coverage of 41.96 per cent.
Mr Drama said the
region was off track to achieve the National Strategic Plan (NSP) and the global 90-90-90 fast track targets, which
is aimed at getting 90 per cent of people living with HIV to know their status,
90 per cent of people diagnosed with HIV infections sustained antiretroviral
therapy and 90 per cent of all those living with antiretroviral therapy will
have virus suppression by 2020.
The 2019 World AIDS
Day celebration was on the theme:“Communities Make the Difference-Help end