The Kanungu District Health Officer, Dr Stephen Ssebudde, says that out of those who turned up for HIV testing, 300 were reluctant to know their status. He explains that some of those who come to test run away during the process of examining blood by health workers.
UNICEF Chief Henrietta Fore has observed that prevention and infection treatment efforts are still missing the mark, specifically when it comes to HIV transmission from mothers to babies and that programmes to treat the virus and prevent it from spreading among older children are nowhere near where they should be.
The centre will offer free HIV testing and Anti-retroviral therapy treatment, counselling, peer education, safe male circumcision; psychosocial support services; information on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Tuberculosis.
Besides corruption and greed, Kabaka Mutebi also raised concern about the high rate of youth unemployment in the country. He called for the restoration of cooperatives as a matter of urgency to provide jobs to people as well as income.
At Luweero Health Centre IV, only 42 out of 184 people who tested positive in the past three months consented to have their partners notified by health workers. Statistics further indicate that 16 out of 42 were male and 26 were female. Grace Namubiru, the Partner Notification Service Focal Person at Luweero Health Centre IV, explains that women were, especially, unwilling to disclose partners for fear of violence at home whereas men were just uncomfortable with it.
Dr Elioda Tumwesigye says that because very many Ugandans do not know their status, the exact HIV prevalence figures are still doubted. He is optimistic that a home to home service will address the problem.
Uganda Radio Network has established that even after the Norwegian Government winded up its five year support to the Market Vendors AIDs project (MAVAP) last December, vendors are still enthusiastic about voluntary counseling and testing.