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Poor Sanitation Hinders HIV/AIDS Management at Kasensero Landing Site :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Poor Sanitation Hinders HIV/AIDS Management at Kasensero Landing Site

Jane Nabukenya, a Nursing Assistant at Kasensero Health Centre II, says that they are faced with a problem of secondary infections arising from poor hygiene.
27 Nov 2018 11:27
The Kyotera district Woman MP Robina Ssentongo, at one of the Public Latrines at Kasensero, the Landing site is faced with a sanitation crisis that complicates HIV case management.

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The sanitation crisis at Kasensero Landing site in Kyotera district is complicating management of HIV/AIDs. 

The landing site currently has a population of more than 25,000 people. It was where the first case of HIV/AIDs was reported in Uganda in around 1983.  According to the available records, the HIV prevalence rate the landing currently stands at 40%.

Jane Nabukenya, a Nursing Assistant at Kasensero Health Centre II, says that they are faced with a problem of secondary infections arising from poor hygiene.

According to Nabukenya, many of the patients enrolled on ART are also infected with Diarrhoea and typhoid which they regularly contract due to poor human waste management, which weakens their immunity and affects treatment.

Nabukenya explains that the poor sanitation in the area is as a result of inadequate sanitation facilities which include toilets.

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Nabukenya adds that diarrhoea is even worse among children which contribute to over 50 percent of the reported cases at the health facility.

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Barbra Nakagimu, a midwife at the Health Centre explains that they have several times put in efforts to provide health education to the public.

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Deogratius Nsamba, the Kasensero Central Ward chairperson also acknowledges the sanitation crisis. He, however, says that they have jointly embarked on lobbying the district authorities to avail the area with more eco-friendly public latrines.

Nsamba is optimistic that the elevation of Kasensero into a Town Council will provide them with opportunities towards addressing the sanitation crisis.