Send Ghana has warned that, HIV rate is likely to increase because the budgetary allocation devoted towards AIDS prevention, is too small.

Currently, 0.5% of district assembly common fund is used to support HIV AIDS programs. However, SEND Ghana wants the amount to be tripled to 2%.

The key factor driving this position is the recent survey conducted by a group called, People for Health, which revealed that the lack of funds hinders the Ghana AIDS Commission from implementing AIDS related programs properly.

According to the country director of SEND Ghana, Mr. George Osei Obimpeh said, the situation must be addressed to avert any crisis in the near future.

“We are not saying that, the assemblies should not be creative in looking for other means to help the fight against HIV, what we are saying is that, the task to be taken at the district level is so huge that, we cannot be looking at one source. We have to find a way of increasing the district assembly proportion for HIV support from the current rate to a higher one in order to effectively fight the disease,” he noted.

He was speaking at the launch of the people for health (P4H) project report, highlighting the inadequacy of funding for hiv/aids programmes in Ghana, at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.

According to him, People For Health is a five-year USAID funded project, seeking to reduce inequities in the delivery of health services through the promotion of good governance practices in health planning, monitoring and evaluation systems at the district, regional and national levels.

The report he said, showed that, even though over 250,000 persons are living with HIV in Ghana, accounting for over 9000 deaths every year, HIV programming is presently not a top priority of government.

Thus, about 12,000 poor Ghanaians are urging government to increase the budgetary allocation to the seven existing health programmes of the Ministry of Health.

The event presents an opportunity for stakeholders to deliberate on the findings of the report, secure commitments from duty bearers as well as educate the public on how to use and take advantage of the platform to reduce inequities in the health service delivery in Ghana.

The release was by SEND – Ghana, Ghana News Agency and Penplusbyte.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh