Kabale HIV/AIDS Prevalence Still High-Alfred Besigensi

Alfred Besigensi, acting Kabale district health officer

BY AMBROSE KWERONDA

KABALE: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

Alfred Besigensi, the Kabale district health officer said the rate of new HIV/AIDs infections is worrisome.

Last year, the district registered 8,921 HIV/AIDS patients far more than the 5,860 that it has projected.

Besigensi however said the district managed to enroll nearly all the new patients on antiretroviral therapy, achieving an almost 100% viral suppression.

Only one person was not put on antiretroviral treatment, a feat that the DHO described as incredible.

According various estimated about 1,400,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda and 1,000 cases are said to be registered per week with 500 related deaths.

In Kabale district HIV prevalence is at 5.6% with males taking 4.8% and females 6.4%.

This was revealed in a workshop organized by an Organization for Community Empowerment (OCE) during a meeting with journalists in Kabale town recently.

OCE currently operates in the districts of Lyantonde, Ntungamo and Kabale aiming at promoting the well-being of the most vulnerable people in the community by engaging duty bearers for promotion of health rights, quality education and other social services.

Waswa Achilles Kawooya, the OCE Executive Director, said that Kabale district is one of HIV hotspots with higher prevalence rate than many districts.

He called for scaling up of HIV/AIDS service delivery to the communities without discrimination and stigma.

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