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HIV Prevalence Among Pregnant Women Increase In Dormaa Municipality

HIV prevalence among pregnant women in the Dormaa Municipal of the Brong Ahafo region has increased.

Speaking to this reporter in an exclusive interview at Dormaa Ahenkro, the District Director of Health, Florence Iddrisah said HIV prevalence among pregnant mothers in the municipality increased marginally from 2 percent in 2016 to 3 percent in 2017.

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Three out of every hundred pregnant women tested in Dormaa municipal between January and December 2017 were HIV positive, as against Two out of hundred tested the same period in 2016.

Available records at Dormaa municipal health directorate have revealed that a total of 187 pregnant mothers have out of their own volition the health facilities voluntary counselling and testing centres between 2015 to 2017, to ascertain their HIV/ AIDs status.

Touching on the situation in the municipality as a whole, the District Director of Health hinted that, 2017 saw 114 reported HIV cases as compared to 123 in 2016 and 135 in 2015, making the cumulative HIV/AIDs cases in the municipality a total of 372.

She stated that the HIV infection rate in Dormaa municipality is increasing steadily due to the influx of visitors and traders from neighbouring countries.

Florence Iddrisah added that the transmission of the HIV virus could be minimized considerably if pregnant women exhibit a commitment to the procedures in safe delivery.

Credit: Newshuntermag.com/Mark Asante
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