Nkawkaw, Dec. 02, GNA - The Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital recorded 1,496 HIV/AIDS cases at the hospital for the past three years while 332 people acquired the disease last year.
The victims were diagnosed through Counseling and Testing (CT) and Prevention from Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) for pregnant women.
The HIV/AIDS Institutional Coordinator at the hospital, Mr Evans Osei Baah, made this known at the celebration of World AIDS Day at Nkawkaw on Thursday.
He advised the youth to avoid pre-marital sex and to use the condoms if they could not control their sexual desire.
The Kwahu West Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Alex Somuah Obeng, said 27 million people in Africa, representing 50 percent of the world’s population, were living with the virus.
He said 100,000 people between the ages of 20 and 45 years were living with the virus in the country and advised the youth to live responsible lives to avoid acquiring the virus.
The Municipal Director of Health Service, Ms Julia Nimo, advised that people go for HIV/AIDS testing and counseling at the hospital, health centres and the Community Health and Planning Services (CHPS) centres to know their HIV/AIDS status.
She advised parents to provide the needs of their female children to prevent them from indulging in immoral acts that would expose them to the virus.
A local NGO, Partners for African Community Empowerment (PACE), was later inaugurated at Nkawkaw to undertake HIV/AIDS education campaign in the municipality.