The Bishop of Namirembe Diocese the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira has to utilize their positions to promote safe practice in order to fight HIV/AIDs.
Namirembe Diocese Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira.
The Bishop of Namirembe Diocese the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira has asked Christians to utilize their positions to promote safe practice in order to fight HIV/AIDs.
He cites some of the safe practices as regular HIV testing, adherence to treatment for those found positive and encouraging them.
Bishop Luwalira's message was today delivered to Christians at St.Paul's Cathedral Namirembe by the Cathedral Vicar Rev. Geoffrey Kyeyune.
The message comes as the World today commemorates the World AIDs day.
"Dear Brethren, I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God because this year's Worlds AIDs day commemoration is on a Sunday, a day on which we are fully able to air out our views about various issues concerning fighting HIV among the people we lead. God has called upon us the clergy to educate and sensitize people perishing due to HIV just because of ignorance (Hosea 4:6)," reads part of the Bishop's message.
Luwalira cautions Christians that nowadays, the spread of HIV is on the increase and that 115 young people aged 15 to 24 years get infected with HIV of which some are the Christians they fellowship with. He appeals to them to promote safe practices and cause change.
He encourages Christians to work together in collaboration with organizations and individuals who promote health in addition to praying and promoting actions taken to ensure that HIV positive people are on treatment and the negative ones are safe.
"Support and help individuals and church organizations that have stood out to fight the spread of HIV in our churches which include “Friends of Canon Gideon Foundation.” Challenge teachings that are inhuman by false prophets who discourage people living with HIV from taking their medication through false prophesy," he advises.
He adds that children and youth should be taught to live carefully and avoid temptations that lead to the transmission of the killer disease.
"Joseph refused to sin against God when Potiphar’s wife tried to drag him in to sin. It is clear that, had Joseph given in to temptation, he would not survive the consequences and the possibility of contracting HIV. We who were called by God should also not deny Him and let us use our Bibles to fight HIV/AIDS," added Luwalira.