ONMA Marks World AIDS Day

…With Free Health Screening Exercise
Residents of Fadama in Accra on Monday benefited from a free health screening exercise to mark the World AIDS Day celebration.
The event, organized by the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly (ONMA) in collaboration with the Ghana AIDS Commission saw many people taking advantage of the exercise to know their health status.
Beneficiaries were tested for Blood Sugar, Body Mass Index, HIV testing and counseling as well as individual counseling in other health related matters.
Khadija Ali, Public Health Nurse and HIV Coordinator for Okaikwei North said about three hundred people are expected to benefit from the exercise with personnel drawn from the Achimota Hospital, Abeka Municipal and ONMA Health Directorate.
She said the exercise would help identify persons living with the HIV disease and offer the needed assistance to them in the community.
Khadija stated the HIV figures have been rising in the country, the reason such outreach programs are critical to the fight against the disease.
Khadija bemoaned the situation where Ghanaians do not go to the hospital for check ups but wait to be seriously sick before attending a health facility.
The Senior Health Officer took the gathering through sensitization on the modes of infection and prevention of the HIV disease.
The 2020 celebration of the World AIDS Day is on the theme: “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility: Stay Safe. Let’s End AIDS by 2030”.

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