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HIV/AIDS COMMITTEE EXTENDS SENSITIZATION TO BASIC SCHOOLS IN THE TECHIMAN NORTH DISTRCT

The committee in charge of HIV/AIDS in the Techiman North District has embarked on an HIV/AIDS sensitization campaign in some selected Basic Schools in the District.

 

The team, made up of staff from the Ghana Health Service and the District Assembly, visited the Roman Catholic Junior High School (RC JHS) in Tuobodom to educate them on the dangers of HIV/AIDS and abstinence as the best option.

 

Mr Mohammed Nurudeen, Disease Control Officer of the Tuobodom Health Directorate, lectured the pupils on the signs and symptoms of HIV/AIDS and advised them to be cautious and see everybody as a potential carrier of the HIV/AIDS virus, as the disease was no respecter of status, education, beauty/handsomeness and family background.

 

He said the HIV/AIDS test at the health facilities was now compulsory for all pregnant women because during delivery, the mother could pass the deadly virus to her newborn, so that if the results proved positive, measures would be taken to protect the new born baby.

 

Mr Mohammed made it clear that apart from sexual intercourse, the HIV virus could be transmitted through the exchange use of contaminate sharp objects, like razor blades, knives and the like.

 

Mr Elvis Boateng, a Pharmacist at the Tuobodom Health Centre, warned pupils against pre-marital sex, adding that at their stage, abstinence was the best option.

 

Mr Boateng indicated that the period to detect the HIV virus in one’s system was between six (6) weeks and three (3) months.

 

He added, however, that there was life after an HIV test and urged the pupils to avail themselves of the test.

 

Madam Kasim Lantana, HIV/AIDS Focal Person for the District shared her experience as a mother and advised the pupils to abstain from pre-marital sex.

 

Source: ISD (Aziz Abubakar)