From Frederick Danso Abeam, Obuasi .
The Obuasi Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Elijah Adansi Bonah, has reminded residents in the Obuasi Municipality that the menace of HIV/AIDS is serious, taking into account the prevalence rate of 5.2%.
He has, therefore, urged the residents to avail themselves to the free testing of blood in health facilities.
“There is no way for complacency; we should not take things for granted,” he charged at a special ceremony to commemorate World AIDs Day at Obuasi.
The MCE said it was because of the seriousness of the Obuasi case in the pandemic that the Municipality decided to give the World AIDs Day a special promotion.
As part of the celebration, the Obuasi Government Hospital, in collaboration with AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine, organised a free blood test to help people know their HIV status.
The day was celebrated under the theme: ‘Know Your Status: Treat to Suppress and Stop New HIV infections’.
Mr. Adansi Bonah was emphatic: “Let us all be serious and go for tests to know our status.”
Mr. John Okwan Addae, Wellness Officer at the AGA Health Foundation, Obuasi, also impressed upon everyone to avail himself or herself to testing to know their HIV status, since “we cannot hide a positive status.”
He said the prevalence rate in the Municipality was high, and that people should embrace pragmatic efforts to help reduce the current rate of 5.2%.
Mr. Jones Agyemang, Planning Officer at the Obuasi East District Assembly, who represented the District Chief Executive, noted that HIV affects the development of the nation.