GAC asks controversial AIDS ambassador to submit petition on compensation claims

The Ghana AIDS Commission has directed former HIV/AIDS ambassador, Joyce Dzidzor, who is demanding compensation for services rendered to the Commission to officially submit a petition to that effect.

The controversial HIV/AIDS ambassador whose denial of her status in 2014, on Sunday demanded compensation from President John Mahama for wrongful termination of her contract with the Commission.

“The termination letter affected me both physically and psychologically for years and I struggled many times with sleepless nights even as at now… I therefore humbly request of him [President Mahama] to pay me my compensation and my shelter which was agreed upon since Madam Angela has taken it away from me,” the letter said.

But in a response to the claims by Joyce, the Commission said in a statement Monday that it has never received a petition whatsoever demanding payment of compensation

“GAC states categorically that it has never received a petition from Ms. Joyce Mensah requesting payment of any compensation allegedly due her,” it said, and asked her to submit same for consideration.

“As a Public Entity, the GAC may only consider requests that are formally received, based on their merits and demerits, it said.
The Commission said the latest admission by Joyce to the effect that she had HIV/AIDS absolve the Commission of any wrongdoing in engaging her [Joyce] in the Heart-to-Heart Campaign in which she served as was tasked to promote HIV messages in the area of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission.

“Her confession now further exonerates the GAC of any wrongdoing in relation to her eligibility to have participated in the Heart-to-Heart Campaign,” the Commission said.

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Joyce on Sunday, January 17 stirred yet another controversy as she backtracked on her earlier claims of being HIV-negative having paraded herself as an HIV/AIDS patient for seven years.

Joyce who had since 2007 paraded as an HIV/AIDS carrier, shocked the world when she disclosed in December 2014 that she had never been infected with the virus; a revelation that triggered criticism and investigation by the AIDS Commission and the Ghana Police.

A divorcee with two children, Joyce at the time said on TV3’s New Day magazine show that she had “never had HIV/AIDS,” and pleaded with the public not to be disappointed in her for parading as an HIV/AIDS patient for the past seven years.

A year on, the former Ghana AIDS Commission’s HIV/AIDS ambassador has stoked the fire again in a press statement, saying she was indeed an HIV/AIDS positive but the disease has miraculously disappeared.

“Yes, indeed my current HIV viral load test for some years now shows undetectable, meaning I have no virus in my blood anymore, which some may call wonders of scientific retro-viral drugs, but I see it as a miracle,” she said in the statement released Sunday night.

Cataloguing a number of issues that forced her to deny her HIV/AIDS status back in 2014, she said “in order to get a new life for my children, I took the wrong decision to publicly deny my HIV status. I am not a criminal, neither am I fraudulent aids ambassador”

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|
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