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The District Chief Executive for Savulugu-Nanton in the Northern Region, Mr. Prince Askia Mohammed has expressed regret at the alarming rate of the spread of HIV/AIDS in the district.
He revealed that fifteen (15) cases have been recorded in the first half of this year in the district capital, Savelugu alone and was worry there may be more hidden cases which will aid the spread.
He attributed the cause to those who travelled down south in search of jobs and return with the disease.
"One must also not lose sight of the polygamous marriage system in the area", adding that in most cases most couples to not know the status of their partners.
He thus advised all and sandry to check their status in order to seek medical help which will intend reduce the spread of the disease.
Mr.Prince Askia who made these revelations in an interview said the revelation came to light during a blood donation exercise in the Savulugu Township.
"The Savelugu hospital is now equip with the necessary HIV-AIDS test machines and you should take advantage of free testing exercise to know your HIV-AIDS status".
He appeal to NGOs and philanthropists to assist the Savulugu hospital with a ward, theatre and a mortuary.
He said all operation cases are referred to Tamale due to the absence of the above mentioned facilities and worriedly maintained that most patients on referral lose their lives due to distance and other complications.
The DCE was also particularly worried for having Diare clinic as the only health facility along the Savulugu-Walewale road and called for it to be refurbished and an ambulance providedto save lives especially when accidents occur.