Kindergarten HIV patient abandoned by parents and stigmatized by community, school

Kindergarten HIV patient abandoned by parents and stigmatized by community, school

-Boy, 7, has been neglected by family for having HIV

-He is being allegedly stigmatized by his school

-He, together with 2 other siblings live with their grandmother

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A seven year old KG pupil in Koforidua Effiduase has been abandoned by family members because of his HIV status. The young boy who lives with an old granny has two other elder siblings.

Young HIV patient abandoned by parents and stigmatized by community, school

According to reports by Kumasi-based Ultimate FM, the 7-year old boy acquired the deadly disease through birth. Both of his parents have left the family house ever since the mother of the child tested HIV positive.

Some of the family members believe that the parents of the 3 children have passed on. The burden to take care of all three children therefore lie on their grandmother.

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The timely intervention of a Community Health nurse by name Dorothy Amaninbea has however salvaged the situation to a point. She took all three children to have them tested for the disease and the test results proved that the two elder siblings of the 7-year old boy were not carriers of the disease. The only one who tested positive for the disease was the 7 year old boy.

He was therefore enrolled on a scheme to partake in the receiving of anti-retroviral drugs but the living conditions of the children does not augur well for any physical development of the young HIV patient in terms of improved health

When news broke that the young boy was HIV positive, one of his Aunts marched to his school and informed the teacher that her nephew was a carrier of the disease.

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This information reaching the school has triggered instances of stigmatization towards the young boy.

His health status has further aggravated his stigmatization since the other students and a greater number of community members have also drawn away from the young boy.

The school authorities have vehemently denied any claims of stigmatization.

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In an interview with Ultimate News, Mr.Kwame Ofori, the New Juaben Municipal Director of Ghana Education Service, said his outfit would carry out its own investigation into the claims of stigmatization of the pupil by the school and would act according after findings are made. Stigmatization of a student living with HIV is a breach of the ethical code of educational institutions

One of the other elder siblings has also just dropped out of school without any reason.

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