At least 9,000 people living with HIV in Gulu have reportedly
abandoned antiretroviral therapy, ART in Gulu District as infections moved grow 8.4 percent previously to 14 percent currently.
William Onyai, the District Health Education Officer for Gulu told
Uganda Radio Network on Wednesday in an interview that only 18,000 of 27,000
people who tested positive are on treatment.
Onyai explained the District has yet failed to trace them so as to bring them back for treatment and expressed fear that this may
lead to more infections in the District as deaths.
He has thus implored them to adhere to treatment for
suppression of the viral loads if they are to live quality life.
Cue in……”my appeal to them……”
Cue out…”guidelines on taking…..”
At Fourth Division Military Hospital, Dr. Lubega Paul, the
Hospital Administrator revealed that of 1,700 they have on treatment, 12 percent have
abandoned their treatments.
Dr. Lubega explained that those abandoned treatments were
due to many factors that include challenge of transport; poor nutrition and
lack of care form the family members and stigma.
He however noted that the most affected age groups are
children whose parents and guardians do not monitor them just like taking them
home drugs from the health facilities.
According to 2018 report by the Global Information and
Education on HIV and AIDS, an estimated 1.4 million people were living with HIV
in Uganda while 23,000 of them died in the year but the infections in the
subsequent year rose to 1.5 million people.
The report also points out gradual increase in the number of
people living with HIV accessing treatment, though the country reached a tipping
point where the number of new infections per year was less than the number of people
beginning to receive antiretroviral treatment.
The epidemic is strongly established it the general population
with the prevalence among the adults aged 15 to 49 standing at 5.7% with women
being disproportionately affected at 8.8% compared to 4.3% and the national
figure standing at 6.2 %, while 33% of affected children were still not on treatment.