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A help worker in Uganda agrees to a bride in order to issue a fake certificate

It has been revealed that private clinics in Uganda are issuing fraud HIV negative certificates to help people get jobs.

In an undercover investigation carried out by Catherine Byaruhanga, a BBC journalist. Over a hundred private clinics in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, the reporter discovered that 12 of the 15 visited clinics were willing issue the fake negative result certificates. With a fellow reporter they would visit private clinics under the pretense that they we HIV positive.

Catherine reported that one of the laboratory technicians said it would be risky for him to issue the fake certificate but, he later accepted at a cost of $20 (50000Shs). It is said that the fake certificates have everything to make then look real and official including the clinic’s stamp and the signature of the health worker. 

A police man exposes Rose Namubiru’s face as she attempts to hide  from journalists’ cameras

Rose Namubiru, 65-year-old a nurse at Victoria Medical Centre, in Kampala – Uganda was arrested for allegedly drawing her own HIV-infected blood and injecting it into a 2 year old child; a patient at the clinic.

Namubiru insists that the incident at the clinic was a total accident. The matter is now before the courts of law.

According to police sources, the child was taken for treatment and Namubiru was allocated to administer an injection to it.  According to a statement  by the mother of the child, Namubiru pierced her finger and drew some blood first and then injected it in the child. The mother says her suspicion rose when she noticed blood drops falling from the nurse’s finger as she was injecting her child and she screamed for help.

HIV vaccine trials to start in July

Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) is to carry out trials for an HIV vaccine in July. The project executive director, Dr. Hannah Kibuuka, told journalists during a media dialogue at their offices in Kampala that the trials would involve 120 participants. 

Uganda joins HIV vaccine trial tests

Uganda has partnered with the United States, Kenya and Tanzania to take part in a joint HIV/Aids vaccine trial. The DNA vaccine trial, to be conducted by Makerere University Walter Reed Project, is in the first phase and will attract 42 participants from Uganda, 20 from Kenya and Tanzania and 12 from the United States. The trials will be hosted in the respective countries.

Increase in HIV prevalence slows down the MDGs target

The Minister for health Dr. Christine Ondoa gave a key note address during the Joint Annual Scientific Health Conference. In her address she commended Makerere University for making 90 years as Uganda celebrates 50 years of Independence. She also congratulated UNACOH for celebrating 25 years of committing its service to the health of Ugandans. “Joint celebrations signify a chain of continuity, with human beings always aspiring for freedom, better health and development.” Hon. Ondoa was impressed by the attendence of the Deputy Regional Director of WHO AFRO and other international guests saying that their presence at the a conference was a reminder that Uganda is not alone on the health seeking journey - the rest of Africa and the rest of the world are by her side.

If Botswana can do it, why not Uganda?

In the just concluded 6th national pediatric conference in Kampala Uganda, African successful experiences were shared.   Botswana’s experience was presented by Ms. Koona Kealestwe, the National coordinator of the PMTCT in the ministry of health who gave a brief background revealing how Botswana has managed to increase its PMTCT to 95%.

Botswana government agreed to prioritize infected mothers and HIV exposed babies to target the population for ATZ. It did this by establishing a technical advisory committee and reference groups to oversee the implementation of PMTCT programme.  A multi-sectoral approach both at national and district levels was followed and for financial support to implementation of the program, government increased budgetary funding by 90%  as 10% is done by the different partners. “The government is in charge of the labs, supplies, provision of ARVs, free infant formula, trainings and material while the partners are in charge of infrastructure, workshops, and other activities” she added.

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