Michael Lakony, the Amuru LC V Chairperson told URN on Wednesday that the majority of the people living with HIV in the district cannot afford transport to different centers where they get the drug refills from.
Amuru district health department has
resorted to the door to door delivery of the life-prolonging Antiretroviral
(ARV) drugs to people living with HIV following the suspension of public
transport. The door to door campaign will benefit 3,194 people living with HIV
in hard to reach areas and cannot easily access health facilities to get the
These include among others Attiak Sub
County, which has 950 people on ARV, Pabbo Sub County (2,240), Amuru Sub County
(258), Amuru Town Council (593) and Lamogi Sub County (554). Michael
Lakony, the Amuru LC V Chairperson told URN on Wednesday that the majority of
the people living with HIV in the district cannot afford transport to different
centers where they get the drug refills from.
He explained that the ban on public transport for 42 days has greatly
affected their mobility, something that may force many to abandon the life-prolonging drugs. He says that the district also plans to start community
outreaches including immunization for children and antenatal services.
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The venture is being supported by North Rhites Acholi, a non-governmental
organization operating in the district, which has donated four vehicles and
provided facilitation. Apollo Okello, the Amuru district health
Secretary, says that the initiative followed last year`s lockdown, which
claimed lives of three people living with HIV in the district who had abandoned
treatment after failing to access their drug refills.
Okello explained that the district health team will be working with the
Village Health Teams (VHTs) to identify those on ARV in their areas to deliver
drugs for at least one month. Osborn Geoffrey Oceng, the Amuru Resident
District Commissioner and Chairperson of the District COVID-19 Taskforce, said
his office has also authorized local council chairpersons to give letters
authorizing Boda-bodas to carry anyone living with HIV who wants to access
One of the clients in Pabbo Sub County, who spoke to URN on the condition of
anonymity said that the initiative is a relief to the majority of them who
could not access medication due to the lockdown. Similarly, The Aids Support Organization (TASO) has also set up 87 ARV
distribution points in the eight districts of the Acholi Sub Region to enable
their clients to access treatment during the lockdown.
Essentially, all HIV positive persons are promptly enrolled on the lifetime
antiretroviral medication to support their immune system from being compromised
by the virus.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc