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About 70,000 persons in the Ashanti Region are HIV positive

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HIV testing is divided into two categories, he explained: PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission), which is primarily for pregnant women, and HIV testing services for non-pregnant women and men. According to Mr. Bandoh, a total of 62,835 pregnant women were tested under the PMTCT category, with 681 testing positive. Furthermore, 3,937 persons tested positive out of 51,940 people evaluated under the HIV testing services category.

According to the Ghana Aids Commission 2022 report, an estimated 72,429 persons in the Ashanti Region are HIV positive.

Only 26,006 of these people are now receiving antiretroviral (ARV) medicine at health institutions, leaving 46,421 unaccounted for in terms of antiretroviral uptake. These people are either uninformed of their situation or have stopped taking ARVs.

Mr Dennis Bandoh, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Focal Person for HIV/AIDS, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the area had 4,618 new cases at the end of the third quarter of 2023, a 2.1 per cent rise from the previous year.

HIV testing is divided into two categories, he explained: PMTCT (Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission), which is primarily for pregnant women, and HIV testing services for non-pregnant women and men.

According to Mr. Bandoh, a total of 62,835 pregnant women were tested under the PMTCT category, with 681 testing positive. Furthermore, 3,937 persons tested positive out of 51,940 people evaluated under the HIV testing services category.

“The key challenge we are facing is getting men to test voluntarily because men are mostly hesitant to check their status,” he noted.

Some men feel that if their pregnant wives or partners test negative, they must also be negative. He noted that there have been occasions where sexual partners were unaware of their partners’ status, emphasising the significance of testing regardless of their partners’ status.

Mr Bandoh emphasised that early treatment can arrest the virus’s development to the AIDS stage, urging persons who test positive to seek treatment at health facilities that are convenient for them.

According to Mr Bandoh, a total of 62,835 pregnant women were tested under the PMTCT category, with 681 testing positive. Furthermore, 3,937 persons tested positive out of 51,940 people evaluated under the HIV testing services category.

“The key challenge we are facing is getting men to test voluntarily because men are mostly hesitant to check their status,” he noted.

Some men feel that if their pregnant wives or partners test negative, they must also be negative. He noted that there have been occasions where sexual partners were unaware of their partners’ status, emphasising the significance of testing regardless of their partners’ status.

Mr. Bandoh emphasised that early treatment can arrest the virus’s development to the AIDS stage, urging persons who test positive to seek treatment at health facilities that are convenient for them.

According to the literature and accessible statistics, males having sex with men, female commercial sex workers, long-distance drivers, and uniformed men are the most vulnerable.

“Most men in the gay community have sex with their partners without protection, thereby exposing them to the virus. Men in uniform and long-distance drivers, by the nature of their work, are often deployed to places far from home and also work at night, exposing them to the temptation of having multiple partners and unprotected sex,” Mr Bandoh noted.

He discussed the Ghana Health Service’s novel testing procedures, such as index testing, which encourages persons who have tested positive to send their close relatives and sexual partners for testing.

HIV self-test kits are also accessible at all health facilities where anyone can go in and get them.

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Ghana Water to shut down Barekese and Achiase stations

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It will take place on three Thursdays: February 29, March 7, and March 14. According to a statement from the water supplier, the exercise would have an impact on manufacturing hubs. As a result, the majority of homes in the Greater Kumasi Metropolis should expect intermittent water delivery. "Management regrets the inconvenience the challenge may cause and advises customers to store and judiciously use water to avert any severe impact during the shutdown dates," the company said in a statement.

The Ghana Water Limited has announced the closure of the Barekese and Achiase water stations in the Ashanti region.

The change is due to planned maintenance by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) at the supply stations.

The maintenance work is planned to last for approximately 12 hours.

It will take place on three Thursdays: February 29, March 7, and March 14.

According to a statement from the water supplier, the exercise would have an impact on manufacturing hubs.

As a result, the majority of homes in the Greater Kumasi Metropolis should expect intermittent water delivery.

“Management regrets the inconvenience the challenge may cause and advises customers to store and judiciously use water to avert any severe impact during the shutdown dates,” the company said in a statement.

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CSO coalition threatens Supreme Court action over anti-LGBTQ+ legislation

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Anyone found guilty of identifying as LGBTQ+ faces up to three years in jail. It also mandates a possible five-year prison sentence for founding or financing LGBTQ+ organisations. MPs opposed efforts to replace jail terms with community service and therapy. Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, the Board Chair of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development CDD-Ghana, told JoyNews that the groups will make presentations to President Akufo-Addo, urging him not to sign the anti-LGBTQ+ law. She expressed regret that, despite all of Ghana's prospects when the measure was offered, Parliament saw no compelling reason to rule that such a statute did not fit within the country's democratic system.

A coalition of 18 civil society organisations has vowed to file a Supreme Court petition if President Nana Akufo-Addo signs the Proper Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, 2021.

The organisation has lobbied against the anti-LGBTI+ law, claiming that it violates Ghana’s unique cultural and religious environment.

Parliament overwhelmingly enacted the anti-LGBTQ+ measure on February 28, following nearly three years of discussion. The measure intends to criminalise the LGBTQ+ community’s activities.

Anyone found guilty of identifying as LGBTQ+ faces up to three years in jail. It also mandates a possible five-year prison sentence for founding or financing LGBTQ+ organisations.

MPs opposed efforts to replace jail terms with community service and therapy.

Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, the Board Chair of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development CDD-Ghana, told JoyNews that the groups will make presentations to President Akufo-Addo, urging him not to sign the anti-LGBTQ+ law.

She expressed regret that, despite all of Ghana’s prospects when the measure was offered, Parliament saw no compelling reason to rule that such a statute did not fit within the country’s democratic system.

“This bill is awful. It’s similar to criminal libel, which the colonists instituted and we kept. And it was used inappropriately against people, including journalists. “We’ll discover that this is similar,” she remarked.
Prof. Gadzekpo believed that an administration with great judgment would take power and repeal the measure.

Commenting on the coalition’s future steps now that Parliament has passed the bill, Prof Gadzekpo stated that the organisation would continue to advocate and explain why the anti-LGBTQ+ bill is destructive to the country’s democracy and prosperity.

She was hopeful that President Akufo-Addo would hear their cause.

“So we will make representation to the president, not to assent to the bill. I personally believe that this bill’s proposal through enactment – even the argumentation has very little to do with wanting to safeguard Ghanaian family values because the present danger that endangers our family values were never addressed in this bill.

“This bill was just narrowly targeted at minorities because they know that a majority of people don’t agree with a sexuality that is not binary.

“But the fact that a majority of people don’t agree with a minority position doesn’t make the majority right. It’s such a fundamental principle of democracy. That is why there are so many provisions in democratic constitutions that protect minorities and minority views and rights, but unfortunately, it fell on deaf ears,” she stressed.

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Majority of MPs backed the passing of the anti-LGBTQI bill – Sam George

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Ghana's Parliament passed the anti-LGBTQI law after completing all three readings. The bill's third reading was place on Wednesday, February 28. "The third reading of the anti-LGBTQ bill has passed by parliament," TV3's Parliamentary journalist Komla Klutse stated. Prior to its adoption, a human rights coalition consisting of CDD Ghana, "the big 18," and others had urged President Akufo-Addo not to sign the measure in its current form.

One of the sponsors of the Promotion of Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, often known as the anti-LGBTQI bill, Ningo-Prampram Lawmaker Samuel Nartey George, has thanked his colleagues for their help in passing the legislation.

He informed media in Parliament after the law passed on Wednesday, February 28, that the sponsors had the overwhelming backing of the majority of MPs on both sides.

“We want to thank Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who was very instrumental in passing this bill,” he said in a statement.


“This measure has received overwhelming support from all sides of the House.

“After three long years, we have finally passed the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Act 2024. I am grateful to my Colleague sponsors who have waged this battle with me to a successful end. Our collective gratitude goes to our Leadership and the Rt. Hon. Speaker for their guidance and leadership. Our values would be protected and defended so long as we have a voice. For God and Country.”

Ghana’s Parliament passed the anti-LGBTQI law after completing all three readings.


The bill’s third reading was placed on Wednesday, February 28.

“The third reading of the anti-LGBTQ bill has passed by parliament,” TV3’s Parliamentary journalist Komla Klutse stated.

Prior to its adoption, a human rights coalition consisting of CDD Ghana, “the big 18,” and others had urged President Akufo-Addo not to sign the measure in its current form.

At a news conference in Accra on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, Prof Audrey Gadzekpo, Board Chair of the CDD, stated that the Bill will violate many people’s fundamental human rights, particularly those of the media, as guaranteed in the 1992 Constitution.

Professor Gadzekpo stated, “We saw that attempts to alter the Bill to substitute community services for castration, made by the Member of Parliament for Effutu, Mr. Afenyo-Markin, were regretfully denied. Although the majority of the house rejected his proposals, resulting in their elimination, we admire his efforts to modernise our judicial system.

On Wednesday, February 21, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, the then-Deputy Majority Leader, withdrew his modifications to the anti-LGBTIQ+ law, which aims to impose a jail term, clearing the way for the measure to be considered for passing in the following days.


However, the coalition of civil society organisations and interest groups insisted that the Bill should be reconsidered.

“Ghana is a secular and multi-religious country with more than 50 ethnic groupings and diverse cultural customs and beliefs. Any attempt to impose a uniform cultural value system for Ghana destroys the exquisite cultural mix that distinguishes us as a nation.” Professor Gadzekpo proposed.

She said, “It is for this reason that the constitution abolishes all practices and laws detrimental to people’s health and well-being, even in the name of culture and tradition.”


The coalition argued that the Bill would limit journalists’ capacity to speak freely. In its present version, the Bill stipulates that “any person who uses the media to broadcast and slash or advocate on the LGBTQ+ topic faces a prison sentence of up to three years.”

According to the organisation, “this places a heavy restriction on journalists, bloggers, influencers and various social media users who produce or publish content, especially those who work in the field of human rights.”


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