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Hoima HIV/AIDS Patients Demand Access to ARVs

Speaking on Tuesday at the belated World AIDS Day Celebrations for Hoima district held at Mbarara primary school, the patients argue that there are no adequate drugs in the health facilities. Vivian Tumwesige, a 23-year-old youth says that failure to avail the health facilities with ARVs puts their lives at risk. She wants the government to available ARVs to all health facilities in the district.
04 Dec 2018 16:46
Hoima RDC Kisembo testing for HIV/AIDS during the function.

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HIV positive patients in Hoima district are demanding access to Anti- Retroviral Drugs in health facilities.

Speaking on Tuesday at the belated World AIDS Day Celebrations for Hoima district held at Mbarara primary school, the patients argue that there are no adequate drugs in the health facilities.

Vivian Tumwesige, a 23-year-old youth says that failure to avail the health facilities with ARVs puts their lives at risk. She wants the government to available ARVs to all health facilities in the district.

//Cue in: ”Obusumi obumu Tukutungamu…

//cue out…akahuka ko munywerery.”//.

Robinah Tibakanya, the Coordinator National Community of people living with HIV/AIDS-NACWOLA says that they feel depressed when there are no drugs in the health facilities.

//Cue in: “I want to…

//cue out:…Zero related death.”//.

Annet Mutagaya, the Hoima district HIV/AIDS Focal person says the high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the district has reduced from 7.3% in 2016 to 5.1% in 2018.

//Cue in ”Tukusana twolekire okubumaraho…

//cue out:…kumaraho kimu oburwaire.”//.

She, however, says due to the influx of Congolese refugees the demand for ARVs in the facilities is high.

//Cue in: ”nikiyoleka ngo hanu…

//cue out:…Abakuba ni baija.”//.

Statistics in the district indicate that 20,000 people are infected with HIV/AIDS in the district with 12,000 people currently enrolled on drugs. Of those on treatment, 65% are women while 35% are men. The statistic further reveals that 8,000 people in the district do not know their HIV/AIDS status.

 

Samuel Kisembo, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC tasked district leaders to create awareness among the young and old generations about the dangers of HIV/AIDS.

//Cue in: ”They should test…

//cue out:…in this country.”//.

 

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