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AIDS Funds Coming – Presidential Advisor



Dr Mokowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi, a presidential advisor on HIV/Aids has said she is hopeful President Akufo-Addo will soon consent to the AIDS fund to help fight the disease in the country.

Speaking to Kent Mensah on Sunday Night on Asaase Radio, Dr Blay Adu-Gyamfi said the country needs sufficient funding to fight HIV/Aids, adding, “We’ve talked about it [funding for Aids]. We need funding and I hope very soon the president will consent to the AIDS fund because now money is not coming from outside.”

“The Global Fund is there but that’s not sufficient for our needs. So very soon we shall be having the Aids fund launched. I’ll be at the Presidency [to ensure] it’s launched quickly because he [the president] is the head of the Ghana AIDS Commission.”

Antiretroviral drugs

She said there were discussions, in the past, about the production of antiretroviral drugs in the country.
“We’ve talked about it. In fact, we’ve approached some of these big pharmaceutical companies for it. When GIHOC had a pharmaceutical institution, I remember we talked to them.

“Now the big private ones like Kinapharma were approached and it was in the pipeline but then COVID came…”

Dr Blay Adu-Gyamfi added, “But it is very imperative now that we even talking about COVID vaccines, we should be talking about producing our own antiretroviral medication.”

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