Five Ghanaians, who returned to Ghana from troubled Ivory Coast, have been tested HIV positive.
The five, three men and two women were among 578 persons including twenty refugees who arrived in Moree in the Asebu-Kwamankese District of the Central Region from Ivory Coast.
Officials of NADMO in the District confirmed this to Citi News.The persons had to flee from an imminent civil war following disturbances in that country caused by a post election dispute.
Out of the number, 271 are males, 235 females and 72 children.
Officials Ghana’s National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the United Nations Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), are currently registering the returnees.
The registration exercise started on January 23, 2011.
In an interview with Citi News, the District Coordinator of NADMO, Mr. Ben Benson said NADMO has assisted in reuniting some of the Ghanaians with their families.
He however noted that NADMO is prepared to cater for all those who have been registered but have no place to go.
“Some of them have problems with where to put their head because some of them have been away for three to five years so the National and Regional NADMO are preparing to give them something to lay their heads on. We anticipate that if the situation there doesn’t improve automatically more people will come home because most of them are willing to come. Even by sea, you be charged 5,000 CFA and road transport is 15,000 CFA but not all of them have that money to transport themselves back home” he said.
Some of the refugees, who have been frustrated by living conditions in Ghana, are said to have travelled back to Ivory Coast in spite of the unpredictable situation there.