HIV Infection Rate Shoots Up In Buliisa During Lock-down

BY INNOCENT ATUGANYIRA AND PASCAL ONEGA

BULIISA: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2021

The medics at Biiso health center IV in Biiso town council, Buliisa District have reported an increase in the rate of new HIV/AIDS infections during the Covid-19 lockdown.

This revelation was made by Happy Tadeo, the Antiretroviral Therapy Clinic Linkage facilitator during an interview.

Tadeo explained that, out of every 15 people tested at they discover three to four positive people and this trend has been on since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020.

“The positive cases are highly among the adolescents aging 10-24yrs and teenage mothers,” he said.

Tadeo also disclosed that more HIV/AIDS clients have been registered and enrolled on ART since the upgrading of the health centre.

“We had 652 HIV/AIDS clients when we were still a health centre III but our enrolment increased to 1881 when we became a health centre IV,” he said.

He however said some clients have been transferred to Butiaba HCIII, Kihungya HCII and Bugoigo HCII to reduce the number of clients at Biiso HCIV.

Tadeo said of the clients registered at the HIV/AIDS clinic at Biiso, 525 are active clients on care, 37 were lost, 90 missed appointments during the past month.

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Of the patients under active care, 507 are doing well on ART while 18 clients are not viral repressing.

The health worker pointed out that some clients were changing their locations and or hiding their health status from trusted relatives.

Some of the clients enrolled at Biiso Health Centre come from Masindi, Hoima, West Nile and others come as far as Rwenzori sub-region.

Tadeo also told our reporter that they have 21 HIV positive children who are aged between ten and nineteen, and that 17 are children aged between 0-7 years majority of whom got the virus at birth.

For the orphans, they are being supported by the Baylor Uganda with some funds and material supplies.

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