The Tano North Municipal Director of Health, Mrs Eva Aryee, has advised Ghanaians to guard against unprotected sex to minimise the spread of HIV.
According to statistics, the municipality recorded a 184 per cent increase in HIV infections in 2018.
She was speaking at the 2018 annual performance review meeting at Duayaw-Nkwanta, on the theme: “Attaining universal health coverage through effective leadership and governance”.
The review meeting provided a platform to discuss the progress made, the challenges and the way forward to enhance the quality of healthcare delivery in the area.
Mrs Aryee expressed discomfort at the rapid spread of HIV and called for concerted efforts for intensified HIV/AIDS education in the municipality.
That notwithstanding, she said the municipality chalked up some successes as immunisation against yellow fever and measles achieved 95 per cent coverage, with the distribution of long-lasting mosquito treated nets also successfully done.
Mrs Aryee mentioned the lack of vehicles and motorbikes as some major challenges facing the directorate, and appealed for support.
She said due to those challenges, it was becoming extremely difficult for health workers to carry out health outreach programmes in hard-to-reach communities.
The Tano North Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Ernest Kwarteng, commended the health directorate for the deepened collaboration with other key stakeholders in the municipality, and hoped that civil society actors in the area would help provide quality healthcare services to the people.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Director of Health, Dr Kofi Issah, in a speech read on his behalf, advised health workers and staff of the directorate to work in accordance with the core values of the service.