77 HIV/STIs Peer Educators Undergoes Training In Techiman BA/R

Seventy seven Peer Educators on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) have undergone training to strengthen district capacity for community based interventions for Family planning in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The essence of the training was to enable them educate their peers on how to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. The trainees include Community Distributors of Family Planning materials such as, condoms, oral pills and other contraceptives.  

The Ag. Municipal Health Director of Techiman, Mr. Stephen Nyarko-Ameyaw, in his welcome address advised the participants to take the training seriously. He urged the peer educators to disseminate the information they acquired to their peers to help prevent unwanted pregnancies, the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

The Project Co-ordinator of WAPCAS, Mr. Albert Aidoo, advised the youth to go for voluntary counseling and testing of HIV to know their HIV status so that those with the virus can seek early treatment.  On STIs, he said those with infectious after medical examination are referred to the STIs clinic unit of Techiman Polyclinic for treatment.

A Superintendent Health Community Nurse at the Family Planning Unit of the Techiman Polyclinic, Mrs. Eunice Siaw, took the participants through presentation on the various methods of family planning, and the importance of family planning

In an interview with Mrs. Eunice Siaw after her presentation, on the challenges health personnel faces at the Unit, she said the first was failure of clients/patients or individuals seeking Family Planning Services to disclose information on their actual health status, especially issue pertaining STIs.  She said most of the ladies who have white, especially do not disclose their real situation or information. She advised anybody seeking family planning services to give full disclosure of their health status, even if the person is sick he/she can be treated before any family planning services.

Also, she said some of the women who practice family planning sometimes misconstrued menopausal symptoms to be the side effect of family planning. She said between the age of 45 to 50 years, when their menstruation is gradually stopping, some of them misconstrued the menopausal signs and claims they were been accused of ‘talking too much’ because of family planning. She said such women are advised to see a psychiatric nurse for advice.

Mrs. Eunice was particularly not happy of misinformation put out by herbal medical dealers in an attempt to get their products sold to customers.  She said the herbal dealer misinforms the women that those whose menstrual cycle does not come at the end of the month when they are on family planning is a sickness.  “They attributed the lack of menstrual cycle at the end of the month to mean sickness such as the cause of fibrous and cancer is never true”.  She dismissed the claim.  She said some of them have been making such information on their announcement vans, radio and FM Stations, which must to stop.  She called on the appropriate authorities to closely examine the activities of herbal medical dealers forestall the problem their activities might have in the near future in quality family planning delivery.

The Municipal Disease Control officer for Techiman, Mr. Dabuo Migel, in a presentation on cholera and the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), said since the outbreak of cholera in the Techiman Municipality, 27 cases has been reported with one death. He said no EVD has been report in Ghana. He took them through preventive measures for both diseases to educate the general public.                                                                                                                                               

The programme was organized by the Ghana Health Service and the Techiman Municipal Assembly and supported by the United Nations Fund Population (UNFPA) under the project West African Programme to Combat AIDS and STIs (WAPCAS). 

Source: ISD (Imoro T. Ayibani)


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