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Educate Pupils on HIV/AIDS

2007-10-09 21:34:51
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Abdul-Rahman Gumah
The Municipal Chief Executive for Bawku in the Upper East Region, Mr Abdul Ramah Gumah, has entreated all teachers in the municipality to use every knowledge at their disposal to protect their students from contracting the dreadful HIV/AIDS pandemic.

"We don’t have to relax and allow HIV/AIDS to fight us; let us be up with all the weapons at our disposal to fight it," he stressed.

Mr Gumah made the call at a three-day HIV/AIDS workshop organised for teachers in the municipality. It was on the theme: "Teachers-Agents of Dissemination and Change (TAD)".

The DCE commended the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports for including the teaching of HIV/AIDS in the syllabus adding that it was a bold step and in the right direction.

He stated that the teaching of HIV/AIDS along other subjects would inculcate in the students all the facts about the disease, which would eventually arm them to lead morally upright lifestyles.

The Municipal Director of Education, Ms Florence Bobi, explained that the work of teachers made them centralised in society, thereby becoming vulnerable to the disease. She added that HIV/AIDS had been introduced into the curriculum of Teacher Training colleges as a means of creating awareness among the teachers and their pupils and the community at large.

Ms Bobi stated that pupils between the ages of 10 and 14 were the "window of hope" and "it is for this reason that UNICEF provided funds to train all teachers at all levels throughout the country to educate the children on the disease," she concluded.

The Municipal Director of Education disclosed that from January to June 2007, 46 people out of 890 who donated blood at the hospital tested positive.

He stated that six pregnant women, who attended clinic,
tested positive during the same period.

Dr. Duodo advised expectant mothers to prevent mother to child transmissions through counselling and testing in order to give drugs to the victims.


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