Minister calls for halt to stigmatization

The Central Regional Minister, Mr. Samuel Sarpong, has said Stigmatization and Discrimination against People Living with HIV (PLHIV) had been the major challenge in the Regional HIV response and in the national response.

He expressed the need for all and sundry to become champions in the campaign to stop stigmatization and discrimination.

Mr. Sarpong said this when addressing the Central Regional Durbar to commemorate the 2013 world AIDs held at Breman Asikuma.

The Day was on the theme “Getting to Zero, Accelerating the National response towards the Millennium Development Gold’s (MDGs).”

The Minister said they would continue in the quest do all that they could to eradicate stigmatization and discrimination adding and added that the roles of religious leaders and traditional rulers was important.

According to him the region had 112 Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTC) functional service centers with trained staff, using the National Protocol on HIV and AIDS management.

Mr. Sarpong urged People Living with HIV to adhere to their treatment as they made conscious effort to scale up treatment services in the region.

He said he hoped irrespective of individual ethnic backgrounds, religious or political affiliations “we shall work collectively to ensure that the country meets its MDGs target.” GNA

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