Ringo Sulley Narh, an acting District Director of Health Services has revealed that a total of 432 new cases of deadly HIV/AIDS infection had been recorded in the Asante-Akim South, this year.
According to him, the figure showed a prevalence rate of 0.3 per cent and described the situation as deeply troubling.
“Even more disturbing is the fact that many of those carrying the disease are pregnant women.”
Narh, was speaking at an HIV-AIDS education campaign held at Odubi by the health directorate, where he urged pregnant women to regularly attend antenatal clinic to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of the dreaded disease.
The Asante Akim district director of health services, has advised pregnant women to avoid relying solely on the services of the traditional birth attendants in order to provide protection for their unborn babies.
He expressed discomfort about the reluctance of the people to go for voluntary testing to enable them to know of their status, something he said, was vital to the fight to rein in the spread of the disease.
He assured the people of confidentiality and professionalism in the new HIV/AIDS centre that is to be set up at the district hospital.
Mrs Olivia Graham, Ashanti Regional Coordinator, Technical Support Unit of Ghana AIDS Commission, asked the people not to stigmatize those living with the disease but to support them to lead normal lives.
She also said the Commission was focusing efforts in protecting babies from getting infected.