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Fort Portal Gets HIV/AIDS Knowledge Center

The centre will offer free HIV testing and Anti-retroviral therapy treatment, counselling, peer education, safe male circumcision; psychosocial support services; information on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Tuberculosis.
The health center in Fort Portal. Its targeting men and health workers.

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  A free HIV/ Aids testing, treatment and resource centre has been set up in Fort Portal.

The 108 million shillings centre located at Kahinju road was set up through a public private partnership between Fort Portal Municipal Council and Baylor Uganda.

The centre will offer free HIV testing and Anti-retroviral therapy treatment, counselling, peer education, safe male circumcision; psycho-social support services; information on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Tuberculosis.

Speaking on behalf of Baylor Uganda's Executive Director Adeodata Kekitinwa, Dr Paul Tumbu says that the centre which will operate 24 hours will be used by the public especially people who have no time to visit health centers during the normal working hours.

He says that centre is for categories of people such as truck and bus drivers and boda-boda cyclists.

He says that research carried out by Baylor indicates that their research shows that such categories are always busy when health centers are operating.

The Kabarole District Health Officer Richard Mugahi says that health workers and counsellors will be posted to the center to offer adequate services to the community.

Dr Mugahi appreciated Baylor Uganda for the support they have been giving the district. He said in the last financial year, the organization supported the health centers with funds to purchase drugs, equipment and among other things.

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Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga, the Mayor of Fort Portal Municipality urged men who fall in the target group to utilize the center.

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Ismail Kusemerwa, the chairperson of pick up drivers pledged to encourage the drivers to utilize the facility.