Fifty-four students between 14 and 19 years tested positive for HIV in the Tema metropolis between January and September this year.
Thirteen others aged 13 to 19 also tested positive for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and have since been put on counselling and treatment.
According to health officials, children between nine and 10 years had become sexually active, but they were unable to take precautions owing to the lack of sexual education.
The Tema Metropolitan Director of Health Services, Dr John Yabani, disclosed this at an outreach programme on adolescent reproductive health and national health insurance services in Tema yesterday.
It was organised in collaboration with the Tema Metro Office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and GIZ, with a number of stakeholders in the health sector attending the programme.
During the programme, new subscribers were registered onto the NHIS, while opportunity was also given to old subscribers to renew their cards.
According to Dr Yabani, the statistics were alarming and required the needed urgency to prevent increased infections among students in the metropolis.
He attributed the rise in STI infections to the break down of families which had left many children being raised by single parents.
He pointed out that the health directorate had put in place a system by which community health officers would undertake house-to-house counselling and testing.
That, he said, was to ensure early detection for appropriate actions to be taken.
He expressed concern at the seeming disinterest in adolescent health issues by parents and other relevant stakeholders and stressed the need for community and opinion leaders to scale up sensitisation to curb infections.
The health directorate, he emphasised, had also engaged the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the formation of sports clubs in schools within the metropolis.
That, he pointed out, could be used to engage students and young people periodically, especially when fun games were organised.
Dr Yabani tasked parents to engaged their children and teach them about the consequences of unsafe sex.
The Tema Metropolitan Manager of the NHIS, Nii Borkettey Bortey, said the outreach programme had become necessary to afford managers of the scheme the opportunity to identify the challenges subscribers faced.
He said officials had mapped out plans to decentralise new registration and renewals by creating registration centres in communities across the metropolis.
SOURCE : Daily Graphic
Revealed: Why UK freed Nayele Ametefe after serving 3 years of her 8-year jail time
Drug Queen Nayele Ametefe has been released from jail having served only three years out of her 8 and a half years sentence for narcotics peddling and trafficking.
We learnt she was released days ago on parole for showing extraordinarily good behaviour throughout her 3 years in prison, even though she has 5 and a half years to go.
Parole is a temporary release of a prisoner who agrees to certain conditions before the completion of the maximum sentence period, originating from the French ‘parole’.
The Ghanaian who also hold an Austrian passport pleaded guilty to carrying 12 kilos of cocaine to the United Kingdom was been sentenced to eight years, eight months’ imprisonment.
Nayele Ametefe was sentenced on her own plea by the Isleworth Crown Court in London. The sentence was discounted because of her early guilty plea. Nayele appeared in court well dressed and looked indifferent when the sentence was handed down on her head.
The prosecutors told the court Nayele had $23,000 and an additional 6,000 Pounds in her handbag when she was arrested. The money was payment for her courier services.
According to the prosecutors, Nayele Ametefe was carting the cocaine to South America. Her travel itinerary, the court was told indicated that she was leaving the United Kingdom two days after her arrival, for the Dominican Republic.
The 12 kilograms of cocaine was, therefore, not meant to be consumed in the UK.
In his submission for mitigation, lawyer for Nayele told the court she came from an underprivileged home and married a spare parts dealer at Ghana’s famous spare-parts market, Abossey Okai.
She has three children, the first being 16 years old. Her marriage broke down and she has been a single mother.
According to the lawyer, Nayele came into contact with powerful people in 2004 and her life changed dramatically. She travelled extensively with influential people as their companion.
The lawyer said Nayele has remained connected to powerful people in authority who are currently in power in Ghana.
She was forced by circumstances to engage in transporting drugs to support her newly attained high-class lifestyle and to take care of her three children, the lawyer said.
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