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The Upper West Regional Secretariat of the Ghana Aids Commission (GAC), has commemorated the World Aids Day and urged Persons Living with HIV to beware of false claims that there is a cure for the disease.

Mr Dramani Yakubu, Regional Technical Coordinator of the GAC, stated that after three decades of discovering the first incidence of HIV, there was still no known cure for it and appealed to Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) to stay on the drugs prescribed by their care givers.

He observed that stigmatisation and discrimination against Persons Living with HIV was one of the challenges the Commission was facing.

Mr Yakubu said the new GAC Act, when passed into law would mandate the Commission to sanction any individual or group persons who stigmatised or discriminated against PLHIV.

He entreated the public to report any case of stigmatisation and discrimination to the appropriate authorities for the necessary actions to be taken in order to address the human rights issues related to PLHIV.

He commended the National Association of People Living with HIV (NAP+), Ghana Health Service, Civil Society and Faith-Base Organisations for the stringent effort they had exhibited in the fight against the canker.

Mr Mohammed Osman, Regional Chairman of NAP+ expressed gratitude to stakeholders for the achievements chalked out in the implementation of the Community Systems Strengthening project.

He said in spite of the managerial and financial challenges facing the association, strives had been made to achieve commendable results with the project in its two years of implementation.

He appealed to the government, stakeholders as well as public spirited individuals to help provide the needed resources for the effective implementation of the project to achieve the anticipated results.

Mr. Osman urged the people to ignore the fear of stigmatisation and come out to test and know their HIV status.

He said those who were tested positive should avail themselves of the antiretroviral therapy to help them live normal and healthy life.

The World Aids Day is observed globally to, among other things, raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, renew support to those living with the disease, assess response to the epidemic and engage in discourse on effective ways of breaching the gaps in fighting HIV.

The event which was on the theme: “90-90-90: providing comprehensive integrated services for all towards an HIV-free generation,” brought together traditional rulers, queen mothers, heads of department and students as well as the public at Nadowli.

The theme was geared towards ensuring that 90 per cent of people would know their HIV status, 90 per cent of those tested positive would be put on Antiretroviral Therapy and 90 per cent of those on Antiretroviral Therapy would have viral suppression by 2020 which was in line with the global theme: “Hands up for HIV.”

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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