Delivering the keynote address during the 2015 World AIDS Day Regional durbar at Walewale in the Northern region on the 1st of December, 2015, the Hon. Minister informed the gathering that GAC plan to implement the global targets of 90 90 90 aimed at ensuring 90% of all Ghanaians know their HIV status, 90% of all those tested positive enrolled on treatment and 90% of all on treatment have their viral load suppressed. The Hon. Minister charged all MMDAs to prepare themselves to fully participate with all their apparatus to ensure they achieve these targets at their districts to enable the Nation achieves these targets.
The Regional Minister said the Regional response was still bedeviled with high level of stigma and discrimination and urged all and sundry to avoid stigma and rather support people who are infected and affected with HIV. He called on Chiefs, religious leaders and husbands to join hands in ensuring that all pregnant women attend antenatal to receive the benefit of prevention mother to child transmission of HIV interventions.
The Regional Director of Health Services reported that the Regional ANC prevalence was 0.6 (2014) representing the lowest in the country and charged partners and the people not to be complacent and rather tackle head on with all barriers to effective HIV prevention interventions.
This durbar was a follow on to other activities implemented prior to the durbar. First was the launch of the Regional celebration participated by students, Assembly members, partners with over 600 people. The DCE of West Mampurusi, Hon. David Wuni charged students to say no to sex and considerate on their studies. He said they were the future leaders and they should be leading HIV campaigns to ensure generations to come will be free of HIV.
Addressing the students, the Technical Coordinator of Ghana AIDS Commission, Mr. Nuhu Musah advised students to acquaint themselves with HIV transmission dynamics. He told them the WAD was meant to celebrate HIV & AIDS by showing love to People Living with HIV, solidarity to those died through AIDS, promote private-public partnerships towards elimination of HIV.
Other activities prior to the durbar included Symposium with SHS students which witnessed education on youth sexuality in the era of HIV & AIDS, basic concepts and how HIV is transmitted and how the young people can get access to sexual and reproductive health information service sponsored by Savanna Signatures. There were also interactions with Muslims and Christians during the Friday and Sunday prayers sessions.