More than 3,000 people living with HIV in Pabbo Town
Council in Amuru District are facing severe starvation.
The patients are enrolled
under Pabbo Health Centre III; St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor and The Aids Support
Organization – TASO in Gulu City for Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). The
treatment requires nutrition management of drug and food to achieve higher
quality care and support.
However, Evelyn Aber, their Chairperson says that many of the
patients have become very vulnerable, a regrettable situation partly attributed
to the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown measures.
Aber says that they have lost five patients who starved to death between May
and November due to lack of food to support adherence to medication and the
situation is not yet improving.
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She further noted that during the difficult period they voiced their concerns
through local radio stations and Action Aid Uganda intervened and donated food
aid of 500 kilograms of maize flour and 250 kilograms of beans to 50 selected
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Michael Ochow Okumu, the Team Leader at TASO says they are constrained by
resources but encouraged the patients to endeavour to work hard to fend for
themselves especially locally affordable vegetables which are simple to grow at
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He added that TASO has undergone significant financial limitations
under their new funder, the Uganda Protestants’ Medical Bureau after the
Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services
in Northern Uganda, Acholi (RHITES-Acholi) engagement
Up to 3,222 people are registered under the Persons Living with
HIV/AIDS Association in Pabbo Town Council. Being a porous border district,
Amuru continues to record high HIV prevalence rate among youth, at 6.4 per cent
Medical experts assert that good diet supports helps
maintain the immune system and also helps people with HIV maintain a
healthy weight and absorb HIV medicines because of the virus attacks
and destroys the immune system, which makes it harder for the body to fight off
Dr Patrick Odong Olwedo, the Amuru District Health Officer, says
they aware of incidences of patients abandoning ARVs due to
However, he alluded that the district continues to reach out to
the affected families to create awareness and confidence building to
ensure all people living with HIV/Aids in the district receive their