Doctor says AIDS solution may rest in ecosystem

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A Ghanaian doctor has described HIV/AIDS as a national disaster which requires a research also in forests and ecosystems.
"I believe that where a disease exists abundantly, the good Lord in his wisdom plants the treatment in the neighbourhood," Prof.
Agyeman Badu Akosa, president of the Ghana Medical Association, said.
"It, however, requires good eyes and extra senses to identify and utilise it," he said in Accra Wednesday at the opening of the second Ghana Medical Association annual public lecture on the theme "HIV/AIDS - A National Disaster".
Akosa said, if Ghanaian scientists researching on HIV/AIDS were well resourced and encouraged like their counterparts in developed countries, they would be capable of coming out with treatment agents and other treatment modalities.
"AIDS has progressed from being simply a health problem to a developmental problem.
It affects the most productive age groups of the population and decimates society leaving only the most vulnerable," he noted He said the solution, which requires radical and comprehensive efforts must come from all Ghanaians.
"They should not hope and wish that our developmental partners would solve the problem for us.
" At the same ceremony, President John Agyekum Kufuor painted another gloomy picture of the havoc being wrecked by HIV/AIDS and said the dialogue for a lasting solution must be unrelenting.
"We should consolidate existing partnership within our various businesses and among all stakeholders," he urged.
"We must also build new partnerships with potential stakeholders who can be allies in the fight," he added.
He noted that priority interventions in Ghana have focused on the promotion of safe sex, condom promotion, improved management of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and safe blood.
Other measures are infection control, prevention of mother to child transmission, voluntary counselling and testing, nursing/clinical care and counselling and home-based care.
He noted that despite these strategies, the average adult prevalence rose from 2.
4 percent in 1994 to 4.
6 percent in 1999, necessitating a review of existing approaches.
Kufuor said the current emphasis of the education has focussed on personalising risks in order to adopt positive behaviour change.
"We should therefore resolve to scale up all initiatives that have been shown to work, and also support policies that reduce infringement on the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS.

14 june 2001 08:03:00

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