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WORLD AIDS DAY COMMEMORATION LAUNCHED AT LEKMA
The Ledzokuku- Krowor Municipal Assembly launched its World AIDS Day commemoration on 20th November, 2013 at Ledzokuku- Krowor Municipal Assembly Hall. The World AIDS Day is an annual event held on every 1st December to address issues concerning HIV/AIDS and people living with the disease. It is also aimed at advancing global progress in achieving set targets for universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support, halt and reverse the spread of the disease. The global theme for this year’s World Aids Day commemoration is “Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, Zero AIDS-Related-Deaths” Ghana also chose a sub theme “Getting to Zero: Accelerating the National HIV Response Towards the MDGs” to emphasize its determination to meet its targets.
The launch was jointly organized by the Coalition of Non -Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in LEKMA and the Municipal Assembly. The event which was very successful was represented by the Municipal Chief Executive of LEKMA, Hon. Seth Badu Tawiah, teachers, LEKMA Hospital staff, traditional rulers, Assemblymen, staff of the Assembly and students from some selected second cycle institutions.
Hon. Seth Badu Tawiah in his speech at the launch emphasized on the dangers of HIV/AIDS and called for an end to discrimination towards people affected with the disease and rather treat them with respect and much love. Again, he charged various health institutions in the Municipality to help fight the spread of the disease and encourage people to get tested periodically. In his concluding statement the MCE made a statistical statement that 1.7 percent of people are living with HIV/AIDS and it is an issue of great importance to his office to help curb or possibly eradicate HIV/AIDS from the Municipality.
Mrs. Rosemond Yaa Asantewaa, Treasurer for the Coalition of NGOs in LEKMA, in her address at the launch said this year’s commemoration will lay bare the urgency of the issue of HIV/AIDS and bring people from all walks of life to stand together and fight this killer pandemic. Also, she charged government and various institutions to come together and intensify the awareness on the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Representatives from LEKMA Hospital were not left out as Mrs. Christiana Danso in her speech made a humble request on the need for individuals and organizational heads to encourage their staff to get tested for the disease periodically. She said knowing one’s status also help to curb the spread of the virus because those who get tested and find out they are living with the disease are giving orientation on how to live their lives by qualified health workers whiles those who do not have the virus are cautioned on the dangers and how to prevent its contraction.
Representatives from both Teshie and Nungua Traditional Councils took turns to pledge their support to use their influential offices to educate their subjects and communities about the disease. They also made a humble request for the Assembly to involve them more in HIV/AIDS campaigns to strengthen the awareness of the virulent disease.
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