NGO organises AIDS workshop for 200 women and farmers
About 200 people, mostly women and farmers from Breman in the Central Region, have participated in a day’s workshop organised by Asikuma by Life Line Charity, a non-governmental organisation (NGO).
The HIV awareness and safe-sex workshop was the NGO’s contribution in eradicating the menace in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District and surrounding areas.
The participants were drawn from Breman Asikuma, Bedum, Benin, Baako and Nwonaso.
They were taken through topics including basic facts about HIV and AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
A Spanish Medical Officer attached to the “Our Lady of Grace” Catholic Hospital at Breman Asikuma, who gave her name only as Miss Martha, observed that “the AIDS scare is real” and should not be left on the government alone to deal with it.
She advised the people to take precautionary measures to avoid contracting the dreadful disease and also embrace family planning and do away with the aged-old beliefs that large families are a source of wealth.
Pastor Samuel Gyan, Executive Officer of the NGO, stressed that his organisation decided to help propagate issues about the AIDS menace, due to its devastating effects in the area.
He said his NGO need resources to enable it undertake effective educational campaigns.
Pastor Gyan said the NGO is assisting about 361 needy children and offering loans to its skilled trained members in soap making, bakery, tailoring, hair-dressing and farming techniques as a means of giving them gainful employment.