Ghanaians Have Become Too Complacent About HIV – Ghana AIDS Commission Boss
The Director-General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr. Kyeremeh Atuahene, has also attributed the indifferent disposition of some Ghanaians towards HIV/AIDS to complacency. According to him, “Some think that HIV is no longer a public health threat while others think it doesn’t exist anymore.” This, he explains, is the reason
people continue to take risks that expose them to the disease. “Between the 2020 and 2021 we were able to reduce new infections by 10.1%. When we were actually hoping to reduce it by 17%. This means we still have a gap of 6%. “Ghanaians have become too complacent about HIV,” he said on Monday. He further noted that
investment in HIV prevention is inadequate. “The little government gives us, we are able to do something out of it but not in the magnitude that will bring significant reduction in new infections. “So we have to as a country have conversation on how we mobilize resources domestically to invest in HIV prevention in particular,” he
said. In August, the Commission announced that a total of 23,495 people in Ghana tested positive for HIV in the first half of this year (January to June). The figure is two percent of the 948,094 people who undertook HIV testing from January to June 2022, the Programme Manager of the National STIs and HIV/AIDS Control Programme, Dr. Stephen Ayisi Addo said.