YEN.com.gh can report that the HIV prevalence rate among pregnant women in Ghana has shot up to 2.4%
The increase, which is from 2.1% in 2017, was recorded in 2018, according to a report by the 2018 HIV Sentinel Survey (HSS) report.
The total HIV prevalence rate, in 2018, hit 1.69%, from 1.67% in 2017, and about 20,000 new infections were recorded.
Dr Stephen Ayisi-Addo, the programmes manager for the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), who presented the results of the survey in Accra, on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, said the 2018 HSS revealed rural HIV prevalence is catching up with urban prevalence.
He explained that the HIV infection trends had shot up within the Greater Accra, and Western regions recording the highest prevalence rate of 3.1% and the Northern region recording the lowest prevalence of 0.6%.
In his opinion, the increase in HIV prevalence among pregnant women was a call on the nation to double efforts in the control and prevention of HIV.
Dr Ayisi-Addo noted that HIV control measures were now limited to the hospitals to the neglect of consistent education in communities, a situation, which could jeopardise successes attained.
Per a report by Ghananewsagency.org, the National HSS is a cross-sectional survey targeting pregnant women attending selected antenatal care clinics in Ghana, and has over the years been used as the primary data for national HIV prevalence and AIDS estimates.
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