Sarah Zalwango, a guardian says that the children under her care have skipped treatment due to the food crisis. Zalwango says that she is aware of the implications of skipping treatment, but the children couldn't continue with treatment on an empty stomach.
on antiretroviral therapy in Mukono district are finding it difficult to
cope with the medication due to food shortage. Some of the children have either
been skipping the life-prolonging drug or abandoned treatment altogether due to
lack of food.
antiretroviral therapy are required to take a meal before they take their
Zalwango, a guardian says that the children under her care have
skipped treatment due to the food crisis. Zalwango says that she is aware of the
implications of skipping treatment, but the children couldn't continue with
treatment on an empty stomach.
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guardian Mary Nalule says his twelve-year-old boy develops diarrhoea and loss
of appetite whenever he takes ARVs without eating food. According to Nalule, it
has been difficult for the child to adhere to treatment on an empty stomach.
The Chairperson for Persons Living with HIV in Mukono District Richard Aliwali
says that more than 80 families on antiretroviral therapy have been hit hard by
the current lockdown. He emphasizes the importance of ART patients eating
something before taking drugs.
Aliwali also notes that apart from lack of food, several patients are struggling
to access Antiretroviral Therapy-ART at various healthy facilities due to the
ban on public transport. More than 8,000 people are on antiretroviral therapy
in the entire district.
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HIV/AIDS Focal Person Dr Isaac Ddumba says that the lack of food brings in
stress. Ddumba says that
the failure by the children to adhere to the drugs may result in drug resistance.
The Resident District Commissioner Mukono Fatumah Ndisaba says that Persons
living with HIV are permitted to travel to health centres to collect their drug
refills as long as they have a letter from the chairpersons.
Rev. Peter Bakaluba Mukasa, the LCV Chairperson Mukono asked the government to relax the