HIV: Mother to child transmission on the rise in Sunyani

Statistics from the Sunyani Municipal Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is raising alarm of increase in mother to child transmission of HIV in the Municipality despite prevalence rate reduction.

Speaking at the 2018 year performance review meeting held at the Municipal Health Directorate, the Municipal Director, Dr. Mrs. Paulina Appiah noted, notwithstanding a marginal reduction of the virus from 2.5% in 2017 to 2.3% in 2018, 187 pregnant women were tested positive in 2018 with 10.8% of exposed babies testing positive to 160 in 2017 with 2.8% of babies testing positive.

This situation Dr. Appiah described as worrying saying ‘’we do not appear to have control of the HIV situation in the municipality’’.

She however called for better collaboration with the Sunyani Municipal Assembly (SMA) to access the 0.5% HIV funds. This she believes will help intensify the HIV education, train new staff on provision of care because of staff attrition and implement the treat all policy, advising the general public to desist from unprotected sex to help curb the wide spread of the virus.

Touching on OPD cases in the municipality, the directorate according to the director still records Malaria as the number one OPD attendance case with 22.4% adding that, Skin Diseases and Ulcer cases has also shot up in the top ten OPD cases recorded in the Municipality.

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