Volta, Brong Ahafo top in HIV prevalence

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Per the report, Volta and Brong Ahafo regions recorded the highest prevalence rate of 2.7 percent for 2016, which is above the national HIV prevalence of 2.4 percent.

According to the Director-General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr Mokowaa Blay Adu Gyamfi, the case is attributed to people not acting on HIV/AIDS prevention education by health directorates.

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The Northern Region registered the lowest prevalence rate, recording 0.7 per cent.

She explained that “The 2016 HSS report shows two regions leading in HIV prevalence; that is the Volta and Brong Ahafo at 2.7 per cent. The region with the lowest prevalence is the Northern region with 0.7 per cent.”

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According to the statistics, the two regions have taken over Greater Accra, which had the highest prevalence in 2015. Reduction in Eastern Region has been consistent in the past three years after the region remained the highest prevalence region for several consecutive years.

Speaking on the theme, “The right to health; know your HIV status; seek early treatment” at the national media launch to kick start activities to mark World AIDS Day to be observed on worldwide on December 1, Dr Adu Gyamfi called for increased awareness and for an all hands on deck approach to effectively combat the deadly disease.

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