Avoid HIV/AIDS and enjoy oil money

… Benyiwa Doe tells youth

From David Allan Paintsil, Cape Coast

Mrs. Ama Benyiwa Doe, Central Regional Minister

The Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Ama Benyiwa Doe, has made a passionate appeal to the Ghanaian youth to avoid contracting the HIV/AIDS pandemic, in order to enjoy the development that the oil revenue would bring to the country.

She said in some countries in Africa, the youth were dying, leaving their children to their aging parents who could not take proper care of them, and appealed to the youth to avoid such situations.

She said it would be disastrous for the youth to die prematurely at a time that Ghana was going to witness massive development in all sectors of the economy within the next ten years, by which time the oil money would have spread across the population.

The Central Minister made the appeal when the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), in collaboration with the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), presented 15 computers to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Central Region at Cape Coast to help them build a database on the pandemic.

Mrs. Benyiwa Doe, who received the items, expressed gratitude to DANIDA and the Ghana AIDS Commission for donating the computers to the local assemblies, adding that it would enhance monitoring and evaluation of the spread of the disease, or otherwise, to attract national response.

Receiving the computers on behalf of the various assemblies, Mrs. Georgina Nkrumah Aboah, District Chief Executive (DCE) of Asikuma Odoben Brakwa in the Central Region, pledged to use the computers efficiently, so as to help reduce HIV/AIDS in the region.

Earlier, Mr. Kenneth Yeboah, who spoke on behalf of the Chairperson of Ghana AIDS Commission, said the commission had identified some key challenges in data management system at the local level. Among such challenges were poor data quality, late submission of reports by district assemblies, little or no local analyses and use of data for decision-making, due to weak capacity among others.

Therefore, he noted, the presentation of the computers would go a long way to ensure proper data management on the disease.

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