The US government says it is impressed with the government of Ghana’s partnership with it to improve the health of Ghanaians by supporting the programs in a number of areas, including HIV/AIDS.
The deputy Chief of Missions of U.S. Embassy, Melinda Tabler Stone lauded government’s successful adoption of the “Treat All” policy, which allows all patients testing HIV positive to be enrolled on treatment right away when she paid a courtesy call on the Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour.
“Over the past decade, the U.S. government and the government of Ghana have partnered to improve the health of Ghanaians and the U.S.government is excited that the Ghana government has successfully adopted the “Treat All” policy in October 2016.”
“It is also exciting to see that the implementation of the new policy has been expanded from the four priority regions (Ashanti, Eastern, Greater Accra and Western ) where the disease burden is highest in the remaining six regions.”
She also promised continuous support from the U.S. government to help eradicate the endemic disease, “as Ghana gears up for the 2018- 2020 global fund implementation phase, PEPFAR Ghana stands ready to provide technical support to help guide the National HIV response on its path towards epidemic control by 2020.”
Mr. Darfour appealed for further support and collaboration to reach all with the education on HIV/AIDS most importantly in the rural communities as the prevalence rate among pregnant women is on the rise.
By: Neil Nii Amatey Kanarku/citifmonline.com/Ghana