The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, popularly known as HIV is one of the most feared viruses in the world. According to Encarta 2008, “It is the infectious agent that causes the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The virus attacks the immune system and reduces its strength to fight diseases. The virus can be found anywhere across the globe, yet some places have a higher rate of acquisition and patients. There are some places like South Africa where out of 10 people selected, 6 is likely to be HIV/AIDS patients. The situation is no different in Ghana. Some regions have a higher number of Patients relative to others and thus a higher rate of acquisition. Today we are going through an official report by the Ghana AIDS Commission in 2019.
We are to take note that this is done on the overall regional estimate. One of the leading districts is not found in the three regions we are coming to talk about. Kindly follow me at the top right corner so that you won’t miss the data on districts. Whereas one district would be leading the list, the region of its location would be at the bottom.
3. Eastern Region
The capital town of the region is Koforidua. The Akosombo dam is located here. We believe that HIV is prevalent in this place because of its numerous tourist attraction. Here we have the Aburi Botanical Garden, Boti waterfalls, Akosombo Dam, Shai Hills, Umbrella Rock, Adomi Bridge and many more. Small- and large-scale mining also contribute to the prevalence. According to the GAC, the region boasts of a whopping 2.03 per cent of the total prevalence. Different kinds of tourists visit the region annually. We would, therefore, advised that people who visit this region should be very careful and conscious of the high HIV acquisition rate.
2. Greater Accra Region
The Greater Accra region has the only international airport in Ghana -The Kotoka International Airport. The state’s capital accommodates people from every part of the country. Accra boast of a whopping 2.06 per cent of HIV/AIDS prevalence. The City has also recorded the highest number of Coronavirus patients. The high cost of living and the unemployment rate at Accra has compelled many young women to indulge in prostitution. The University of Ghana, Legon; the best university in Ghana is also in Accra. People from different countries reside in the City either to study or work. It was formerly alleged that prostitutes from Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Burkina Faso are in their great numbers at the State’s capital. Be very careful at the state capital because we don’t have AIDS masks.
The recent demarcation of the regions in Ghana saw one of the former largest regions in Ghana divided into Ahafo, Bono and Bono East. The Ahafo only is leading the country with 2.66 per cent. Bono follows with 2.48 per cent. Bono East rather recorded a low percentage of 1.43. The whole former Bono-Ahafo region boast of 6.57% of the total HIV/AIDS prevalence. We could, therefore, assume that out of 10 people selected, 6 is likely to be AIDS patient at the Bono-Ahafo region. Please be very careful when you visit the region. HIV patients may not show symptoms of it for many years.
We should remember that these figures are estimated based on the number of diagnosed patients. There are thousands of people living with HIV but have not been diagnosed. Kindly stick to your wife and remain faithful to yourself, spouse and God. Also, let’s avoid the stigmatizations since most people contracted the disease with no fault of theirs.
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