Hon Evans Opoku Bobie at the Durbar

Government says it is prepared to invest in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country.

This was made known by the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister Evans Opoku Bobie at this year's World AIDS Day celebration observed at Odumasi in the Sunyani West District.

He observed government has demonstrated beyond every shred of doubt that, it is committed to seeing an improved health system in the country and leaving no stone unturned to achieve this objective.

"Government recognizes a healthy population especially the youth as pivotal in the realization of national development. It is in view of this that the government continues to invest in its people , one of the pillars in our country's development"  he noted.

The Asunafo North legislator further emphasized "it is for this reason the government keeps on resourcing the Ghana AIDS Commission to work at safeguarding the human resources of the country from the devastating effects of HIV and AIDS"

Touching on the flatuating prevalence rate in the region which dropped from 2.7 percent in 2016 which was the national highest at par with Volta Region to 2.0 in 2017, the vibrant minister acknowledged that it requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders especially religious leaders and traditional leaders to drum home the message about the menace since their voices are accompanied with authority and influence.

He therefore admonished all especially the youth.

"The increasing rate of immortality among Ghanaians especially the youth  has assumed an alarming proportion. It has become a major canker and we as a country must recognize that it requires attitudinal and behavioural change if the health of the people is to be changed" he made a humble plea.

The minister could not overlook the immense contributions of Civil Society Organizations, Non Governmental Organizations, International Partners in the combat against the epidemic. He expressed profound gratitude to them for what they have done in previous times and solicited for their continuous support for the times ahead.

As the theme for this year's celebration goes, "Test, treat to suppress and stop new HIV infections" he urged every Tom, Dick and Harry to get tested for there's life after HIV testing.

He added this will furnish the government with data on HIV/AIDS patients and guide government in terms of budgeting

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