- A Member of Parliament (MP), Alban Bagbin, has suggested that all presidential and parliamentary candidates should get tested for HIV/AIDS
- According to him, the move will help raise awareness and encourage Ghanaians to get tested
- Testing for HIV/AIDS is however voluntary
An aspiring flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alban Bagbin, has called for an HIV/AIDS test for all presidential and parliamentary candidates.
According to him, this should be an integral requirement for selection into important offices such as the presidency and parliament.
He added that the move will help raise awareness, and encourage people to get tested, so that the stigma associated with the disease is eradicated.
Bagbin made these remarks as part of contributions to a statement to mark world AIDS Day in Parliament.
“…we have to include it as part of the qualification of a Member of Parliament; that before you go to stand an election, you go for an HIV test, and so should it be for all presidential aspirants,” Babgin suggested.
YEN.com.gh understands that Bagbin is however yet to suggest the strategy to be adopted in order to achieve the objective, as testing is a voluntary exercise.
The 2018 World AIDS Day is on the theme: ‘Know Your Status’ as timely.”
A recent report released by the Ghana AIDS Commission indicated that the prevalence of HIV/AIDS amongst the youth in 2017, particularly those below the age of 24, rose to about 45% nationwide.
The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), has attributed the upsurge to unprotected sex as well as low knowledge of the youth about the infection.
According to CDD-Ghana, the issue should be a source of great concern to all, considering that Ghana’s youthful population (under 25) stands at about 57%.
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