According to Dr Ronald Opiko, the Center Manager at TASO Soroti, 70 percent of their clients are unable to come to the centre for drugs due to the lockdown. Among the affected are the elderly, clients in distant places and other vulnerable clients.
The AIDS Support Organization- TASO in Soroti district has started home
deliveries of Anti-retroviral Treatment, ART to patients’ homes.
The move follows the president’s ban on public and private transport across the
country to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Out of 43,000 Persons Living with HIV in the region, 6,300 are under the care
of TASO in the district.
According to Dr Ronald Opiko, the Center Manager at TASO Soroti,
70 percent of their clients are unable to come to the centre for drugs due to the
lockdown. Among the affected are the elderly, clients in distant places and the vulnerable.
Dr Opiko revealed that the facility has secured transport for staff to deliver
drugs to all the clients locked up in the villages.
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Dr Opiko, however, observed that they are still facing challenges of adherence
due to domestic violence and limited support from family members.
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One of the beneficiaries of home deliveries in Kamuda Sub County, Soroti
District who preferred anonymity says the service by TASO has given her hope
and courage to live on.
“When the lockdown was announced, I knew my life had been cut short. I couldn’t
imagine walking to town amid tight security to access drugs but I was relieved
when my counsellor informed me that somebody was bringing my drugs. The
initiative is very helpful”, she said.
TASO, founded in 1987 contributes to a process of preventing HIV infection,
restoring hope and improving the quality of life of persons, families and
communities affected by HIV infection and disease.