Bolgatanga Is HIV Hotspot In Upper East Region - Ghana Health Service

Bolgatanga Is HIV Hotspot In Upper East Region - Ghana Health Service

 

 

The Bolgatanga Municipality in the Upper East Region remains a hotshot for HIV infection, health experts have said. Sulemana Majeed, Regional HIV Coordinator who disclosed this at a media briefing said, Bolgatanga has always been above the national figure which calls for an increase sensitisation and education also. The media

 

engagement was part of a series of activities too by the GHS and Ghana AIDS Commission to solicit the support of journalists to increase public awareness on HIV and help prevent, control and then manage the spread of the virus among the public. Mr Majeed said the Regional figure for HIV infection was 1.9 per cent and noted that

 

 

the disease was gradually becoming more urbanised with lots of population influx with activities including commercial sex activities at certain areas within the Bolgatanga township. He also emphasized that the HIV hotspot was not static and peculiar to certain areas in the Region but had over the years swung among the

 

 

Districts, adding that Navrongo in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality used to be a hotspot. It moved to Sandema in the Builsa North Municipality for about five years and to the Bolgatanga Municipality. So if you go by the HIV Sentinel Survey (HSS) data, Bolga will be considered as our hotspot, the HIV Coordinator said. He said per the

 

 

HSS sites of HIV prevalence, the Bolga Municipality recorded increases from 2.8 per cent in 2018 to 3.6 per cent in 2019, and indicated that though there was a decrease to 2.6 per cent in 2020, the prevalence rate was still high in the Bolgatanga Municipality. He said Navrongo recorded a constant figure of 1.6 per cent in

 

 

2017 and 2018 respectively, with increases to 2.0 per cent in 2019, and 2.2 per cent in 2020, while the Builsa North Municipality saw a consistent increase from 1.0 per cent in 2017 to 1.1 per cent in 2018 and from 1.2 per cent in 2019 to 1.3 per cent in 2020. The situation, he noted was not differently in the Bawku Municipality

 

 

as it equally recorded increases from 0.4 per cent in 2017, to 0.6 per cent in 2018, 1.2 per cent in 2019, and 1.3 per cent in 2020. On the number of positive HIV cases per population, Mr Majeed also said the first five hotspot Districts were Nabdam, Bolgatanga East, Builsa North, Bongo, and Bolgatanga Municipality. Nabdam

 

 

District, he said recorded 214 HIV cases per population, So per every 100,000 population in Nabdam, 214 of them would be HIV positive, Bolgatanga East is 175, Builsa North is 152, Bongo 149 and Bolga Municipality is 112 per 100,000 population. Dr Josephat Nyuzaghl, Deputy Regional Director of the GHS in charge of Public

 

 

Health also called on journalists especially broadcast journalists at various radio stations across the Region to support the Health Directorate to educate and increase awareness of HIV among members of the public to curtail the spread.