- Western Regional HIV Coordinator, Dr Samuel Aidoo, has bemoaned the rising figures of men sleeping with men (MSM) in the region
- He said there had been a great increase in economic activities in the region following the discovery of oil, a situation, which he said, had undoubtedly increased movement into the region
- Dr Aidoo said a more pragmatic approach should be adapted in managing the condition to avoid a possible upsurge in the future
The Western Regional HIV Coordinator, Dr Samuel Aidoo has bemoaned the increasingly worrying figures of men sleeping with men (MSM) in the region.
Dr Aidoo stated that MSM key population recorded in the region in 2017 was 2,253 while 2,366 was recorded in 2018 with a total record of 2,275 as of June 2019.
Speaking at a Capacity Building Workshop for journalists in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis, Dr Aidoo said a more pragmatic approach should be adopted in managing the condition to avoid a possible upsurge in the future.
He argued also that there had been a great increase in economic activities in the region following the discovery of crude oil in commercial quantity, a situation, which he said had undoubtedly increased movement into the region.
This, he believes led to the increase in Female Sex Workers (FSW) and MSM having an estimated 6,699 MSM with 10% HIV prevalence.
He noted that reaching epidemic control was critical to stop this public health threat, which had huge effects on the socio-economic wellbeing of every state.
He moved for an inter-agency team and collaboration which he noted were critical in reaching epidemic control.
Mr Aidoo entreated the media to ensure accurate reporting on HIV and AIDS, remind the citizenry of the existence of the condition and the need to engage in safe reproductive activities to avoid the spread of the conditions as well as maintain regular checks on status.
In other news, depositors and customers of the 23 savings and loans companies and finance houses whose licenses were revoked by the central bank in August 2019 have been given an extension of the deadline to file for their claims.
According to the receiver, Eric Nana Nipah, the lifeline became necessary because he realized some depositor of these collapsed institutions are yet to submit their proof of debt forms.
He said in a statement that the depositors now have up to Friday, October 18, 2019, to submit their PoDs for validation.
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