“It is a big challenge to us. Although the medical practitioners are playing good roles to support us, some of them reveal the status to their friends and relatives,” he lamented.
Rev. Azumah believed that there was high stigmatisation in some communities and health facilities due to such practices which he said was preventing people from accessing the necessary healthcare and advice.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra, Rev. Azumah bemoaned the high rate of stigmatisation in the country, which he noted had instilled fear in many individuals who had tested positive for the virus.
He asked people to show love and compassion towards HIV patients to make them feel part of society.
As part of efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus, he advised men to support their wives by also going for regular check-ups to determine their status.
Touching on the issue of blame, he advised Ghanaians to avoid blaming each other when they tested positive.
“Let us avoid the blame game and support each other to fight the pandemic,” the ambassador further advised.