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ADDAPATH WELLNESS, a not–for–profit Organization headquartered in Obuasi has donated Food items ranging from bags of rice, cooking oil, Milo, Mackerel, Sardine, Eggs, Beans and Sugar to some health facilities in Obuasi.
The gesture from the NGO was to support children living with HIV/AIDS. The beneficiary health facilities included, AGA Health Foundation, Obuasi Government Hospital, Bryant Mission Hospital and SDA Hospital.
The Executive director of ADDAPATH WELLNESS, Mr. Okwan John K. Addae who spoke to the media after the donation said the purpose of donating the food items to the children was to make sure they eat nutritious food which will help their growth as they take their antiretroviral drugs.
Touching on HIV related stigmatization, he said it is one reason why people living with HIV feel inferior in the society, hence ADDAPATH has taken it upon itself to educate people about their behaviour and attitudes towards people living with HIV and to support and embrace them into the society.
On elimination of mother and child transmission, Mr. Addae said every pregnant woman undergoes HIV test during Antenatal visitations. ” when tested positive they are put on drug treatment to avoid passing on the disease to the unborn child”.
He also used the opportunity to advise some men of God who claim they have solutions to HIV to desist from such acts because It takes people to their Early grave.
The Obuasi East District Director of Health Services Dr. Enyonam Kwakukame received the items on behalf of the health facilities in Obuasi.
She commended ADDAPATH for the donations stressing that the children need nutritious foods to aid their growth and fight diseases.
She said more than 1200 people are affected with HIV in Obuasi. The most common way of transmitting HIV is through unprotected sex and an infected pregnant mother not on drugs can also transmit it to their unborn child.
Dr. Kwakukame again stressed that the only way to reduce the transmission rate is for people to abstain from unprotected sex and those living with the virus should take their medications seriously to avoid transmission.
She seized the opportunity to advise those believing in false hope given by some spiritual people that they can cure HIV that, they should concentrate on taking the medication giving them alongside their belief.