The Ghana Aids Commission has disclosed to liaise with the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and other stakeholders to educate and sensitize the youth in various school on HIV/AIDS, Universe News reported on Friday.
The Commission’s HIV/AIDS sensitization in schools follows last year’s report which indicated young persons were being infected by older persons
According to the Aids Commission, 20,068 infection cases recorded in 2019, 5,613, representing 28 per cent captured persons between the ages of 15 and 24.
The Director-General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Mr Kyeremeh Atuahene in the light of the above said measures have been put in place to educate and sensitize members of the general public and youths in schools.
This he said will be done in partnership with NUGS by regularly providing correct and accurate information on HIV/AIDS.
“We’re discussing with NUGS to have all the students of Ghana to be given information on HIV constantly, so that not only the awareness but people are educated on the correct and accurate information so that they can take the necessary precautions and prevent new infections,” he stated.
He furthered that, “we are doing is to intensify education especially targeting young people and with particular focus on adolescents and young women; education plus condom distribution in schools is already happening.”
Mr Atuahene noted that the weakness of young women is one prime factor that makes them susceptible to being infected.
“We have a situation in this country where a young woman looking for a job would have to sleep with employer before getting the job; things like this put women at risk of getting the virus.”
“Young people, even those who don’t work want to own the best things of this world. They want to ride in the best vehicles, have the best, have the best clothes; they want to have the newest high tech phone. All those things put them in situations that increase their risk to the exposure of HIV,” he bemoaned.
In the view of the Director-General, it’s it is high time people took serious precautions so as to prevent rise in new infections.