By thefourlens.com

Sunyani, July 10, 2024

Ghana’s HIV AIDS death toll hits 12,480 in 2023 with a total of 1,398 children under 15 years swept away as a result. 

A data from the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC)’s 2023 HIV fact sheet has revealed.

The fact sheet was made available to the media, Chiefs, Health Directors, Government Officials and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) into HIV AIDS response activities on Wednesday in Sunyani, the Bono Regional Capital.

The GAC organized a-day stakeholders engagement for participants to be abreast with the current HIV AIDS figures in both the regions and the national level.

Explaining the data report, Mr. Ahmed Ibrahim Bimbilla, the Bono East, Ahafo and Bono Regions HIV and AIDS Technical Coordinator disclosed that 541 adolescent between 10 and 19 years also died out of HIV AIDS in the year under review.

From the report, Ghana has lost a total of 720 young people between 15 and 24 years in the same year.

Adults above 15 years who died out of HIV AIDS in the same year under review were 11,082, totalling 12,480 AIDS related deaths.

The report further stated that the nation recorded a total of 17,774 new infections of the HIV.

The patients comprises of 16,076 adults, 1,698 children under 15 years, 1,520 adolescent between 10 and 19 years, and 4,867 young people between 15 and 24 years.

On the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) amongst females, the report explained 90.1 per cent was covered nationwide.

It said Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) coverage was also 46.2 per cent amongst adults and 30.3 per cent coverage was amongst children below 15 years.

With the United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) 95 95 95 targets, the report said Ghana by the end of the year 2023 achieved 65.3 per cent (Know status), 69.4 per cent (On ART) and 89.0 per cent (Virally Suppressed).

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