As part of the activities to mark World AIDS day, the Ga East Municipal Assembly organized a durbar and screening exercise at Boi in the Ga East municipal to commemorate the celebration in the district.
This year’s celebration was under the theme: “Fast tracking the Needs of Children towards an HIV-free Generation”.
Invited dignitaries and one Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) gave speeches about the need to reduce mother to child transmission of HIV.
The West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) team present at the durbar provided HIV testing and counseling for the community members in the Boi town and its surrounding communities including Abokobi, Aboma and Akporman.
The Municipal Health Directorate supplied the testing kits, condoms and other materials to facilitate the activity. The testing was done in such a way that blood sample was taken only once from an individual and was used to run all the three tests; HIV I&II, Blood sugar and Malaria. Each individual was registered and offered pre-test counseling and then post-test counseling.
In total, 96 persons were screened consisting of 85 females and 11 males with the majority aged 50 years and above. Madam Comfort Tetteh, Public Health Official at the Ga East Municipal and Esther Tandoh, Nurse at International HealthCare Center (IHCC) also educated the community members on how to wear the male and female condoms, and other preventive methods.
West Africa AIDS Team members who conducted the testing and counseling were Emmanuel Tandoh (Lab Technician), Esther Tandoh (IHCC Nurse), Alice Asante (Counselor), Linda Sun (Medical Student-Intern) and Marian Kyeremeh (Data officer) provided testing and counseling at the durbar as part of the activities.