More than 600 people enrolled on the life
prolonging Anti-Retroviral Treatment-ART at Buseruka Health Center III in Hoima
district have abandoned treatment and disappeared without trace.
These are part of the over 1000
people enrolled on the ART since August last year. Rostico Akugizibwe,
the in charge of Buseruka Health Center III explains that only 400 enrolled on
ART are active.
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Akugizibwe explains that the HIV/AIDS prevalence
rate in Buseruka Sub County stands at 6 percent, which is
higher than the 5.0 percent prevalence in the district.
He attributes the high
prevalence rate of HIV in the sub county to the influx of people from other
parts of the country looking for employment in the oil and gas sector.
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Akugizibwe advises people enrolled on ART to
adhere to the guidelines to avoid a relapse. He is worried that some of the missing
patients could be suffering silently in the village without treatment.
is also worried that some of them could be involved in risky sexual behavior
and infect more people since they abandoned treatment.
Akugizibwe calls on area leaders and other
stakeholders at all levels to mobilize those who have abandoned treatment to
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Robinah Tibakanya, the Coordinator Hoima District
Forum for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS blames some health officials in the
district for failing to guard the information regarding people living with
She claims that some health workers have gone
ahead to disclose and expose the status of people living with HIV/AIDS to the
public, which has forced many to abandon treatment.
Tibakanya challenges health workers handling
HIV/AIDS clients at different health facilities to handle them with the
appropriate care they deserve and stop using harsh language to allow them
continue with treatment.
In 2018, at least 250 people enrolled on ART at
Kigorobya health Center IV in Hoima district disappeared without trace. They
were part of 2817 people enrolled for ART at the health center. Antiretroviral drugs are considered highly
effective in controlling HIV replication.
Their use has modified the natural
history of HIV as well as significantly reduced the associated morbidity and
mortality. The use of antiretroviral drugs significantly controls the HIV
viral load in the blood and semen thereby reducing the rates of viral
transmission and occurrence of new infections.