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Health News of Friday, 28 September 2007

Source: GNA

Ministry creates HIV/ AIDS awareness at Buduburam Refugee camp


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Buduburam (C/R), Sept. 28 GNA - About 40 people at the Buduburam Refugee Camp have undergone HIV/AIDS Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) to enable them to know their health status.

The free medical test was organized by the Women Department of the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs to sensitize the people on the need to abstain from unprotected sex and other health related issues. Mrs Jane Sefah, Greater Accra Regional Coordinator of HIV/AIDS of the Ghana Health Service, said reports from health facilities in the country indicated that the infection was fast spreading despite intensification of educational campaigns. She said in spite of the numerous reports about the dangers of HIV/AIDS, some people had not changed their sexual behaviour and indulged in unprotected sex.

Mrs Sefah said many people, who were infected with HIV looked and felt healthy for years before they become sick and die adding that could have unknowingly passed on HIV to others through sharing razor blades or injection needles.

The Regional Coordinator urged families not to shun or avoid their relatives with HIV/AIDS, because they needed love and care. She advised the students and the unmarried to abstain from sex or use a condom to avoid contracting HIV. 28 Sept. 07

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