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Aids Commission Gives Over 3000 Condoms to NGO

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The Upper West Region Technical Support Unit of Ghana AIDS has presented 3,168 pieces of male condoms to support HIV campaign activities of Community Development Alliance (CDA), a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in the Region.

Provision of the condoms formed part of the Commission’s commitment to support and sustain HIV awareness campaign trails undertaken by CDA to minimise its transmission.

Mr Dramani Yakubu, the Commission’s Technical Coordinator for Upper West told the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of a meeting with Models of Hope in Wa on Tuesday during which the donation was made.

The meeting was meant to engage Models of Hope Models – HIV positive persons who had dedicated themselves to support their peers at Antiretroviral Facilities – in the campaign process.

It also sought to explore modalities to trace Persons Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHAs) that default in taking their medications – lost-to-follow-ups [HIV positive persons on medication but had evaded taking their medicines for some time.]

The Ghana Aids Commission, in line with the global agenda to end AIDS by 2030, is currently implementing the 90-90-90 target, which Mr Yakubu noted by 2020, 90 percent of PLHAs would have tested to know their status.

By that time, he said, 90 percent of persons tested positive should be on sustained medication while 90 percent of those on sustained medication should have attained viral suppression.

According to him, in order to achieve the second and third 90s, the Commission needed to trace all on-medication-defaulters and lost-to-follow-ups.

Source: GNA

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