President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Saturday said it was time to reverse the rising new trend of HIV infection among the youth in the country.
He therefore charged the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), the Ministry of Health, Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders to work together for high impact and achieve target goals.
President Akufo-Addo said this in a speech read on his behalf at a durbar in Ho to commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day.
Ghana is marking the Day on the theme, “Test, Treat to suppress and Stop new HIV infections,” alongside the global theme of “Know Your Status.”
President Akufo-Addo asked the youth to adhere to the ABC (Abstinence, Be faithful and Condom use” of HIV to contribute to reducing new infections and charged policy implementers to up their game.
The President reiterated government’s commitment to UNAIDS’s 90-90-90 target of 90 per cent of all people living with HIV knowing their status by 2020, 90 per cent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection receiving sustained antiretroviral therapy by 2020 and 90 per cent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy having viral suppression by 2020.
He commended development partners for sustaining the fight against HIV and called for more collaboration to defeat the disease.