HIV/AIDS INFECTION RATE SHOOTS HIGH IN GULU DURING LOCKDOWN.

 

File photo: Onyai William, Senior Health Educator GULU District in his office.

BY JESUS OKELLO OJARA

GULU: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER, 04, 2021

The medics in Gulu District and Gulu City have reported an increase in the rate of new cases of HIV/AIDs infections during the lockdown.

In an interview with our reporter, William Onyai, the Gulu District Health Educator disclosed that through the district health information system, they managed to identify 2,2722 new cases of HIV/AIDs where only 2,285 were put on Anti retroviral treatment – ARVs and this points a big gap, and 437 failed to link up to treatment.

“Though Covid 19 is amidst us, communities should know that the prevalence of HIV/AIDs is still on and Gulu City has the highest prevalence rate of 12.5 percent and Gulu district with the least of 1.3 percent only,” Onyai added.

Richard Toopiny, the Gulu City Health Educator also disclosed that a research that was done by the Uganda Aids Commission had revealed that Gulu has 14 percent prevalence of HIV/AIDs from 2019 to 2020 and it now proves that Gulu status of HIV/AIDs prevalence is above the country’s percentage which is only at 6 percent.

He however cited that the retention rate of patients under treatment is dropping where Gulu City has a percentage of 95.5 % and Gulu District has a total of 93.3 percent and this point out that people are neglecting the fact that HIV/AIDs is still a killer virus not only Covid – 19.

The medics has therefore cautioned the communities to continue using ABC preventive measures of Abstinence, being faithful and use of condoms and above all men should go for safe male circumcision which reduces the risk of contracting HIV/AIDs.

On the other note, Toopiny urges the communities of Gulu to fight against these communicable diseases though Covid is disturbing. “Communicable diseases like tuberculosis, HIV/AIDs among others can easily kill someone, not only Covid – 19,” he notes.

 

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