GIZ, a German development agency, together with its partners under its Comprehensive Pandemic Management for employees, families and communities, has organised an HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 screening for about 1,186 people at five different locations in three regions as part of this year’s World AIDS Day.
The screening took place at Adabraka Appointed Time Screen Printing (Adabraka ATP) in the Greater Accra Region, Accra Digital Center in the Central Region, Kasoa in the Central Region, and Nsawam and Asutuare in the Eastern Region.
247 people were screened at the Adabraka ATP site, 332 at the Accra Digital Center, 250 at Kasoa, 157 at Asutuare, and 200 at Nsawam.
During the screening, based on the campaign “#BeDoubleSure,” a clarion call was made for Ghanaians to stay alert and guarded against the two viruses.
The Head of the Medical Team at Accra Digital Centre and Adabraka ATP, Dr Kojo Essel, said cardiovascular disease kills more Ghanaians than COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS combined and, therefore, it was “critical to continue these screening exercises to promote awareness so people can protect themselves”.
Charity Owusu Danso, who has lived with HIV/AIDS for more than 20 years and remarried with six HIV-negative children during that time, warned Ghanaians against stigma.
“Both diseases are harmful and one can be bedridden if not careful,” said Ms Owusu Danso, a cadre at the Kasoa Polyclinic. Don’t hide your status and don’t be ashamed.”
GIZ spearheaded this campaign, which was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development through develoPPP, a funding program of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The European Union (EU), Kasapreko, Blue Skies, Adabraka ATP, Golden Exotics, Coca-Cola and the French Embassy are GIZ’s development and private partners in the campaign.