Ghana records 20,000 new HIV/AIDs infections while 15,000 die of disease in 2016

| Updated Dec 04, 2017 at 2:22pm



Statistics from the Ghana AIDS Commission show that about fifteen thousand Ghanaians died of HIV/AIDS last year while twenty thousand new infections were recorded.

Of the new HIV infections seventeen thousand representing 85 per cent were made up of adults above 15 years and three thousand consisting of children under 14. The Central Regional Technical Coordinator of the Ghana AIDS Commission William Kwaku Yeboah, made these known during an HIV and AIDS awareness walk organised by the Central Regional Red Cross Society to commemorate this year’s World AIDS day.

The three hour walk, which brought together more than 500 school children, volunteers and staff of the Red Cross Society as well as the Ghana AIDS Commission was to help raise awareness to combat HIV and AIDS in the region. In an interview, Mr Yeboah, disclosed that a total of two thousand new HIV infections were recorded in the Central Region in the year under review.

He was worried that despite the high level of awareness on the disease among Ghanaians, 'personal risk perception' was still low. He urged all HIV and AIDS working partners to maximize their efforts to facilitate positive behavioral change to reduce the rate of infection and beat it to the barest minimum by 2030.

The Central Regional Manager of the Ghana Red Cross Society John Aidoo, said discrimination and stigmatization of persons living with HIV is preventing people from getting tested or disclosing their status to relatives and partners. He said the Red Cross would continue to educate communities on the disease and encourage Ghanaians to boldly go for the test.

Local and foreign dignitaries and delegations are also expected to console the Asantehene who happens to be the last biological child of the late Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem who died November 14 last year at age 111.