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"One More Time" - Getting to zero spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda

Feb 03, 2015 Written by 

Uganda’s Vice President, HE. Edward Ssekande officiated over Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa (AMICAALL) review meeting and launch of preliminary findings on HIV/AIDS in Uganda. He encouraged leaders to be exemplary and to go for HIV testing before they can encourage their followers to do so. The Vice President said that the president and the Uganda government are in full support of the campaign.

Under the theme “One More Time” AMICAALL Uganda Programme was a one week sensitization campaign where Mayors of various regions were brought in joining the campaign to support and encourage people they lead to test for HIV/AIDS. 

Getting to zero – the campaign aims at having everyone tested so that those found with the virus can be given treatment and but most importantly get counselling on how they should protect themselves and others so as to curb the spread of the virus. Likewise, those found negative would be advised more on how to remain safe hence reducing the spread of the HIV virus to zero.

The acting Minister for Health, Dr. Eloida Tumwesigye urged everyone to stop irresponsible sexual behavior if the campaign is to be a success. “We all know how AIDS is transmitted, and we know what to do to avoid it. So let’s do the needful ” he said.

Dr.Tumwesigye said that nearly 6 people get HIV/AIDS per hour  and 56,000 people die every year due to HIV/AIDS in Uganda. 

However, he recognized the good effort in bringing the number of children born with HIV from 25,000 to 8000. He said  that more work needs to be done in order to ensure that even this gets reduced to zero. 

The Minister also applauded  the good response from pregnant women who have taken advice and gone for HIV/AIDS testing thus prevention of mother-to-child transmission. 

He expressed concern where in some situation, some health centers lack equipment such as test-kits and request the government to step in. “Saving a life is the highest ethical thing one can do to man-kind,” he said.

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