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Minister rallies private sector to support HIV/AIDS fight


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By
Edmund Quaynor, GNA      

Koforidua, Aug 16, GNA
– The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfour, has rallied the
private sector to give strong support to the fight to halt the spread of the
HIV/AIDS infection.

This should come by
way of contribution of money to the AIDS Fund to aid the national response to
the disease.

He said the
expectation was t

By
Edmund Quaynor, GNA
      

Koforidua, Aug 16, GNA
– The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfour, has rallied the
private sector to give strong support to the fight to halt the spread of the
HIV/AIDS infection.

This should come by
way of contribution of money to the AIDS Fund to aid the national response to
the disease.

He said the
expectation was that corporate bodies and institutions would forge partnership
with the government to promote sustained public education and bring treatment
to people living with the disease.

He was speaking in
Koforidua during a monitoring visit to the region by the Deputy Untied States
Ambassador, Ms. Melinda Tabler Stone.

She was there to
assess the progress that US-funded HIV Projects was making in this part of the
country.

Mr. Darfour spoke of
moves to ensure that all those living with HIV-AIDS benefitted from the
Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme – social intervention
for the poorest of the poor.

This, he said, would
prevent the situation, where some of them because of financial constraint were
unable to travel outside their communities to the treatment centres for
anti-retroviral drugs.

Ms. Stone applauded
Ghana for adopting the right strategies in its response to the disease and the
protection of the rights of people living with infection.

She pledged the
continued support of the US Government to the West African nation’s HIV
Response Strategic Plan.

Mr. Stephen
Ayisi-Addo, Programme Manager of the National AIDS Control Programme, refuted
claims of cure for the infection, saying “there is no cure for AIDS in the
world as of now”.

GNA


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