Stigma still major setback in fight against HIV/AIDS – Dr Gyamfi

By Lorlornyofm June 18, 2019 14:00

Stigma still major setback in fight against HIV/AIDS – Dr Gyamfi

The Medical Superintendent of Kpando Margret Marquat Catholic Hospital, Dr Eric Gyamfi says stigma still remains a major setback in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 

According to him, persons with HIV need support and not discrimination to help in the management of the virus. 

“It is our responsibility to support persons with HIV and not discriminate against them,” he said. 

Dr Gyamfi was speaking at the 6th Edition of Ebenezer Praise, and annual sensitisation and get-together for junior high school leavers organised by Open Dove Children’s Foundation (ODOCEF), a non governmental organisation (NGO) into children’s welfare.

This year’s programme pulled an estimated 1,000 BECE candidates from various schools within the Kpando municipality. 

Addressing the gathering last Friday at the Kpando EP Church on the theme: “The Awareness of HIV/AIDS and the Youth: The Role of the Community”, Dr Gyamfi advised the youngsters to abstain from sex as one of the surest means to avoid contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

He also cautioned against the reliance on herbal concoctions from self-acclaimed doctors to treat HIV, which he said interferes with the management of the virus leaving carriers worse of. 

Motivational Speaker and Superintendent Minister of the Hohoe Bethel Methodist Church, Very Rev. Emmanuel Awuley advised the gathering to obey their parents and remain closer to God. 

Citing the boy Samuel in the Bible, he urged them to remain focused and never run away from their duties. 

Peace Ambassador, Elliot Hilary Dogbe called on feuding factions in the Chereponi crisis to give peace a chance, so children in the area would have sound minds for their academic activities. 

Master Elliot, 13 years old, and nurtured by Open Dove Children’s Foundation also called for expedited action in finding the three girls from Takoradi who have been allegedly kidnapped. 

The organisers provided free counselling and testing for HIV, tuberculosis and diabetes. The students were also offered the opportunity to check their blood pressure, weight and height at no cost. 

Some participating schools in this year’s Ebenezer Praise sponsored by Indomine and Cocoa Processing Company included: SDA JHS, EP JHS, Gabi D/A JHS, Delta Preparatory School, Anglican JHS and Ideal Shepherd Missahoe.     

Story by Isaac Kwesi Mintah

By Lorlornyofm June 18, 2019 14:00
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