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A health Walk organized to raise awareness about the celebration of World AIDS Day was partially marred when a six year old boy was hit and killed by a car.  The incident occurred at the Fiapre Station in Sunyani West, where Participants in the walk had gathered. The Health Walk was one of the activities lined up to herald World’s AIDS Day, which falls on 1st December, with the National celebration billed to take place at the Jubilee Park in Sunyani. Since late last week Officials of the Ghana AIDS Commission, the Bono-Ahafo RCC and the Ghana Health Service have been busy with activities aimed at facilitating a smooth celebration of World’s AIDS Day which was instituted to create awareness of the importance of anti AIDS efforts as well as remember those infected or affected by the disease.  So far the Christian and Islamic Communities have been sensitized while a Press Soirée during which the Media was briefed about the day, has taken place.  The Health Walk was also designed to create further Public awareness about the Celebration.  It was very well patronized by various groups including students, the Security Services and members of the Public.  Leading the march was the Deputy Regional Minister, Justice Agyei and the Acting Head of the GAC, Joseph Sackey.  Everything was smooth sailing until disaster struck when a six year old boy in an attempt to cross the road at the crowded station at Fiapre, where the Walkers had converged, was hit by a Kia Sportage SUV, with registration number, GC 2542-09.  He was rushed to the hospital by an ambulance but was pronounced dead on arrival.  Earlier at the various stops Speakers took the opportunity to educate the gathering.  The Brong-Ahafo Regional Coordinator of the Anti AIDS Programme, Emmanuel Obeng Hinneh, said Brong-Ahafo is the fourth highest Region in Ghana with HIV/AIDS infections, with the Regional Capital, Sunyani as the worst affected.  He therefore stressed the need to educate the youth about the deadly disease continuously.  Mr. Obeng  advised  the youth and the adolescent to up abstain from sex if they are not married or use a Condom when if they must have sex. The Acting Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Joseph Sackey said those with HIV/ must not be  discriminated against or stigmatize because that prevents them from seeking treatment or disclosing their status to their partners, which could lead to new HIV infections in relationships. Mr.Sackey appealed to religious leaders to create awareness about the disease because HIV/AIDS is no respecter of religion, gender, occupation or social standing.  Rev. John Azumah who is the leader of heart to heart campaign against HIV and also a carrier of the disease urged husbands to accompany their pregnant wife’s to the hospital to check their HIV status. He said this is crucial as the unborn child would be protected if they would be Mother is found to have the virus, because there is medication to prevent the unborn child from contracting the disease. 

Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/

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