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Friday, March 27, 2009

faceaids aucc chapter luanch

STORY BY: Makafui Apeku
FACE AIDS AUCC Chapter inaugurated
A chapter of Face Aids, a Rewandan-based organization, has been inaugurated at the African University College of Communications (AUCC) to join the national response to HIV and AIDS.
The inauguration which took place at the premises of AUCC on Friday 6th February, 2009 was under the theme; “Fighting HIV and AIDS in Ghana, the role of students.”
The ceremony was held under the chairmanship of Prof. Absalom Mutere, Dean, Journalism and Communications of AUCC.
Opening the event, Prof. Mutere said, HIV and AIDS is an incurable disease which puts everybody at risk and said everybody must be cautious in order not to be infected. Prof. Mutere expressed concern about the high levels of HIV and AIDS cases in Africa and attributed that to high illiteracy rates, poverty and the high cost of anti-retroviral drugs.
Being an HIV and AIDS prevention activist himself, Prof. Mutere advised African communities to raise standards on moral attitude as a way of preventing HIV infections. “A society of high moral standards will surely win the fight against HIV and AIDS and other deviant behaviors.” He said.
Prof. Mutere added that, Face Aids (AUCC Chapter) should be given all the necessary support and encouragement to promote good dialogue to prevent HIV infection in Ghana and in other countries and promised his personal support towards that.
Prof. Mutere advised students to take active part in the activities of the club in order to help eradicate the gloomy picture that confronts the country today. He said that, as student Journalists, members of the club need to take the lead role in the fight against the pandemic since society depends on the media for information and advised students to put their hands on deck in order to win the war against HIV and AIDS. This he said, will secure a better society for the younger generation and the generations yet unborn.
In her address, the guest speaker, Miss Gladys Damalin, Program Officer of the Opportunities Industrialization Centres International (OICI), revealed the rather scary information that 63% of the world’s population living with HIV and AIDS are in Sub-Saharan Africa which is a great course for concern. By this statistics, according to Miss Damalin six out of every 10 people in Sub-Saharan Africa is living with HIV.
Yet another shocking revelation by Miss Damalin was that 250,000 people are living with HIV in Ghana of which 60% of them being women and 17,000 being children. Miss Damalin emphasized that these scary figures only represent the reported cases which means the number could be higher as a lot of cases are not reported.
She advised the youth to seek education, go for voluntary testing and counseling and encourage others to do the same.
Advising them also, she said they must desist from stigmatization and lead a responsible life since these are sure ways of reducing the disease if not to eradicate it.
Mr. Ato Amoaning-Anna, Associate Dean Diploma Program and Student Affairs of AUCC in a presentation said HIV was not given enough attention and courage by the media when it was first detected leading to lack of information and awareness of the disease. He was however happy that the media houses are now giving much coverage to the pandemic which has created enough awareness of the disease.
Mr. Amoaning-Anna urged media houses to expand the coverage of HIV and AIDS and go into detail in their reportage on the issues of stigmatization, discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS among many others.
He encouraged journalists especially student journalists to be interested on how to report stories on HIV and AIDS. He said “it is only when you understand the language of the disease that you will be able to report on it accurately.” This will surely help solve or better still reduce the enormous problems that HIV and AIDS poses.
Mr. Dennis Moot the President of Face AIDS (AUCC Chapter), in his remarks said that HIV and AIDS is no respecter of persons and advised his colleagues to live upright lives since every body is at risk of the epidemic.
He appealed to stakeholders, opinion leaders, organizations, corporate institutions and individuals to support the efforts of Face Aids to win the fight against the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

a poem

Declaration of love
My love is missing, where is my love, I have searched for my love among one hundred girls but unfortunately I couldn’t find her. Where are you my love? I can’t see you I can’t feel you, I can’t touch you because you are missing. This message is going to any girl including you who will come across these pieces of information and I hope through this I will find my love again because I know you are out there watching me.
Without you I am lonely like a bandage dog on the side of a highway, I have gift and anxiety even though I don’t know when your birthday is. We can spend perfect days cooking and shopping together, I swear I will never let you down. If you can live with me I will clean the toilet every day, I will do it with my tongue if you ask me to do it
I love you! If your name is Mimi and you want me to pronounce it “Meme”. Even if you flatulent it will be our happiest moment. I promise I will grow with low cholesterol diet. I declare that I will separate white from the rest of the colors, I will learn the mystery of how cold and hot water washes. I will never go back if you put on your make ups I will rather help you and if you are a cat person I will never put the fact away that the dog can save you from drowning
I will go to church with you like pride and prejudice. I will make a point to try new food like okra gumbo; I will not close my nose if vegetables have bad taste disguised by having cheese put on it. I pledge to say yes if you ask me whether your hair is looking okay tonight. I am going to bring the whole meaning of love to your understanding; I will be thoughtful to read you your horoscope every day. I am going to save every birthday card you will send me
I will never expect you to know where I left my car keys and I will never live my socks on the floor. With me you will find the cover of the toothpaste, my belly button will be open free and if you are hot like fire I will quench you down. I want to floored kiss your glitteriest it will be the most passionate intimate experience we will ever have, I declare now that I will give my life for you. If you fell to come to me I know some part of me will surely die “sorrowful moment”

Thursday, March 26, 2009

.should the former president be treated this way

It has come to the public notice that certain groups in the country are not allowing the former president to use the office that he wanted to use after he has retired . one of such group is the Ga tradional council, this group is worning the former president John Ageikum Kuffuor not to use the office that he desired for becuase when he was in power he sold their land indescriminately without consulting them. They also said even though they tryed telling the president not to sell thier land it came to no avail rather he continue to sell their land and he did not regard them. For this reason they are sounding ethnocentrism.