Kabale HIV/AIDS prevalence rate worries leaders

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KABALE– The rate of new HIV/AIDs infections in Kabale worries Health Authorities. Last year, the district registered 8,921 AIDS patients according to Alfred Besigensi, the acting District Health Officer.

Besigensi says that in 2020, Kabale had targeted 5,860 but ended up with 8,921 out of which 8,920 were enrolled on Antraviral treatment.

The DHO stresses that by the end of 2020, Kabale district had got viral suppression of 8,290 HIV patients.

The acting district health officer commended the achievement beyond 100% since Kabale district acts as a harbor of foreigners. Besigensi further said that there is a need to emphasize preventive strategies if it is to reduce the spread of HIV.

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According to statistics 1,400,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda and 1,000 cases are said to be registered per week with 500 related deaths.

In Kabale district HIV prevalence is at 5.6% with males taking 4.8% and females 6.4%. This was revealed in a workshop organized by an Organization for Community Empowerment (OCE) meeting journalists in Kabale town.

OCE currently operates in the districts of Lyantonde, Ntungamo and Kabale aiming at promoting the wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in the community by engaging duty bearers for promotion of health rights, quality education and other social services.

Waswa Achilles Kawooya the Executive Director organization for community empowerment (OCE) said that Kabale district is one of HIV hotspot areas with higher prevalence than the general community. He called for HIV service delivery to community without discrimination and stigma.

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