The President of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV, Lordina Mahama, says her organization, has made great progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
According to her, prevalence rate has been on the decline for many years.
Mrs. Mahama, who is on a three leg tour of the Upper West Region, announced this when she presented medical supplies and equipment to the Nadwoli and Gwollu district hospitals, all in the Upper West Region.
“I must say that, despite the broadened programme of activities the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS(OAFLA of which I am President),to include, cervical, breast and prostate cancers and ending child marriage, getting new HIVinfections to zero remains a principal objective for us,” she stated.
The First Lady, announced that OAFLA, have almost achieved a virtual elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and have also drastically cut down the rate of new infections.
She, however, expressed worry about HIV rates among adolescents, which are not declining fast enough.
“This means we must be vigilant with this age group and enhance their access to quality health care and empower them to gain more control of their reproductive rights” she urges.
The First Lady, stressed the need to keep adolescent children actively engaged, and the best way to do this she believes is to keep them in school.
This she said was why government’s expansion of access to secondary education by the construction of new community day senior high schools is important.
“Girls must not be married off at an early age. They must be allowed to finish school first.Child marriage leads to increased maternal mortality, sexually transmitted disease and even fistulas” she stated.
The OAFLA President stressed the need for all to get tested and now their status since early detection and placement on anti retroviral can enable infected persons live a long fruitful life.
She reiterated the need for all to join hands with government to provide the quality healthcare needed for Ghanaians. She noted that the health of the people is paramount to the development of every country.
She hoped the medical supplies and equipment donated will not only make work easier and comfortable for health practitioners in the discharge of their duties but will go a long way to save lives,particularly at community based health facilities.
She however urged management and staff of two hospitals to use the supplies and equipment judiciously especially for the benefit of poor patients.
The Lordina Foundation, has visited eight other regions and Upper West is the ninth since it began its health mission. During this period over 51 hospitals and health centers have been supported by the foundation.
In a speech, Paramount Chief and President of the Gwollu Traditional Area KuoroKuri-Buktie Limann, commended the First lady Mr Mahama for leading the African First Ladies to advocate and render health needs to Africans especially the HIV Patients, Ebola and Cholera Victims and Malnutrition.
He also lauded the Lordina Foundation, which is rending very needed Health and Social Services to all Ghanaians
KuruoKuri-BuktieLimann was grateful to the first Lady for the medical supplies and equipment, which were lacking in the Gwollu District hospital. Like Oliver twist the Paramount chief appealed to the First Lady and President John Dramani Mahama to build a new modern district hospital to cater for the health needs of the over growing population of Gwollu.
Established in 1967 and serving a population of over 55 thousand, the Gwollu District lacks medical laboratory, blood bank facilities, X-ray and diagnosis facilities.
The Paramount Chief appealed to government and the Lordina Foundation to help Gwollu with a vocational training school, nurses’ training school and small water town project at Dr Hilla Limann Senior High School.
The First Lady used the occasion to visit the tomb of the late President Dr Hilla Limann in Gwollu to pay her respect to the late President.