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Permit me to first of all, to express my utmost gratitude to the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council, particularly the Honourable Minister, Mr. Avea Nsoh and his able team for accepting to host the National Durbar in commemoration of the 2013 World AIDS Day. I add my voice to that of the Honourable Minister to welcome you all. I thank you for turning out massively today.

This is the first time the national durbar for the World AIDS Day is being marked in the Upper West Region. It is therefore a historic occasion, a milestone in the national HIV response. World AIDS Day (WAD) is a day set aside to rekindle awareness of HIV and AIDS, renew our support to those living with and affected by HIV as well as to commemorate friends whom we have lost to AIDS. Most importantly, it is a day to renew our commitment to work towards a generation free of HIV and AIDS in Ghana.

Your Excellency the Vice President, I thank you most sincerely for gracing this commemoration. It signifies government's strong commitment to the National HIV Response. Sir, the people of Upper West Region and the entire citizenry of Ghana are ready to hear from you. No doubt, Government continues to strive for Universal Access to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services, and the elimination of mother-to child transmission. Our national vision remains-"A country where HIV and AIDS are eliminated".

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