Tourism Ambassador Abeiku Aggrey Santana has called on hotel owners in Ghana to make condoms readily available in hotel rooms.

According to him, most Ghanaians especially celebrities usually have unplanned sex at places where they sleep when they go for events and therefore making condoms readily available to be in the best interest of clients.

He made this known when he was speaking on Accra-based OKAY FM.

The celebrated Ghanaian broadcaster said, “I am pleading with hotels in Ghana that as they think of providing their visitors with soap and towels, they should also put condoms in the drawers in the hotel rooms”.

Abeiku Santana indicated that this move will help in the fight against HIV/AIDS which has become prevalent across the country and also put to rest issues with unwanted pregnancies.

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To the Radio personality, it’s about time hotels in Ghana learn adding that hotels that do not have condoms should not be patronized.

HIV/AIDS IN GHANA

About 7,953 residents of the Upper East Region are people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) as at December 2020. This is according to data from the Ghana AIDS Commission.

The data on the number of people living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2020 indicated that a total of 346,120 people were living with the virus in the country with 66 percent of them being females and 34 percent being males.

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The Western, Central and Volta Regions follow with 25,620, 24,881 and 20,949 cases respectively.

The Upper East Region is the 11th most infected region with 7,953 people who are living with the virus beating the Northern Region which has 6,941 of its residents living with HIV/AIDS.

The North East Region which recorded 2,122 cases is the region with the least number of people living with the virus follow by Savannah and Upper West Region which recorded 3,135 and 5,725 respectively.

Ghana, since it recorded its first cases of HIV/AIDS in 1986, has taken various steps including the establishment of the Ghana AIDS Control Programme in 1987 and the Ghana AIDS Commission in 2000 to control the disease which cure or vaccine is yet to be found.

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The country is said to have slowly but steadily made progress in its response to HIV and AIDS. The 2018 HIV Estimate Report indicated that the National HIV prevalence rate was 1.6 percent with regional prevalence ranging from 2.66 percent in Ahafo as the region with the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence to 0.39 in North East Region as the lowest regional prevalence.

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