Sunyani, July 08, 2024

The Bono Regional Minister, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene has expressed worry about the alarming cases of new HIV AIDS infections in the Sunyani Municipality of the Bono region.

She therefore called on stakeholders such as the Traditional Authorities and Civil Society Organizations into HIV AIDS response activities and the media to combined efforts towards mitigating the situation.

A data from the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) 2023 data report has shown that the Sunyani Municipality recorded a total of 152 new infections of HIV in 2023 to lead the 12 Districts and Municipalities of the Bono region.

The data made available at a stakeholders engagement, organized by the GAC last Wednesday in Sunyani to discuss the way forward to minimize the HIV cases and menace indicated that Berekum Municipal was second with 111 cases of new infections.

According to the data, the Techiman Municipal, (capital of Bono East Region) also recorded 246 new infections to lead that region with Kintampo North having 99 cases of new infections as second.

With the Ahafo Region, the Asunafo North District tops with 95 new infections cases while Asutifi South had 70 to second the leading District in cases of HIV new infections in the year under review.

But, in terms of prevalence of HIV AIDS in the year under review,  Berekum Municipal had 3.43 per cent to lead the 29 District and Municipalities of the Bono, Bono East and the Ahafo Regions (formerly Brong-Ahafo).

Dormaa East Municipal had 3.11 per cent as second on the top-six Brong-Ahafo prevalence list.

Techiman Municipality grabbed the third (3rd) position with 2.77 per cent prevalence of the HIV AIDS, whilst Asutifi South followed at the forth position with 2.74 per cent prevalence rate.

Jaman South was at the fifth place with 2.43 per cent and Sunyani Municipal was resting at the sixth position with 2.35 per cent prevalence of HIV AIDS in Brong-Ahafo Region in the year 2023.

On the Regional prevalence breakdown, Bono region took lead the 16 regions of Ghana with 2.12 per cent in the year under review.

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