The central tracking system, which is under development will give each HIV patient a unique identifying code, from which they can be centrally monitored at any services delivery point across the country.
The Uganda Aids Commission is mooting for a centralized
digital tracking system for persons enrolled on Anti-Retroviral Therapy-ART, to ensure effective management of
The central tracking system, which is under development will give each HIV patient a unique identifying code, from which they
can be centrally monitored at any services delivery point across the country. Dr Nelson Musoba the Director-General of Uganda Aids Commission is optimistic that this will help HIV/AIDs service providers to closely monitor and follow up with clients wherever
Dr Musoba explains that besides addressing duplication
of services on the same patients by different service providers, they are also counting
on the centralized tracking system to address the challenge of patients that
usually get lost on their follow-ups once enrolled on medication.
He observes that during
the COVID-19 induced lockdown, the different service providers reported an increase in the number of patients who
failed to return for routine medical assessment and drug refills at
their original points of registration.
Because there is no common system of tracing for every
recorded HIV patient, such cases, according to Dr Musoba are all recorded as
lost follow-ups and not adhering to treatment, even if the patients shift to
another service-delivery point of convenience.
“there is an approach…
of doing it.”//
He says that while the HIV/AIDs service providers are trying to
closely follow up on their clients through phone calls and other community approaches,
it is also necessary that they put in place a system that cannot easily be defaulted.
“the second way…
In the meantime, the Uganda Aids Commission and HIV/Aids Committee
of Parliament are conducting field assessments on the impact of the COVID-19 on HIV management systems across the country.
Bukomansimbi Woman MP Veronica Nanyondo observes that the transport restrictions during the recent lockdowns greatly affected the patients
level of adherence to the ARVs, a result of which HIV patients opted out of treatment because they could not freely disclose their status at the security teams at the
“e Bukomansimbi eddagala…
biragiro bya president.”//
Kibanda North MP Linos Ngopek challenges government to always make deliberate
efforts of ensuring that HIV-positive persons access their drugs whenever
they need them if the country is to realize its aspiration on eliminating the
virus by 2030. He says that the COVID-19 emergency situation has had grave effects
on HIV treatment and case management which lead to some retardation in the country’s