Three People Living with
HIV/Aids in Pabbo town council in Amuru district have reportedly starved to
death because of the Covid-19 Lock-down. The deceased have been identified as Mary
Rockia, Jackson Otto and a one Okwonga, all residents of Pabo town council.
The trio reportedly
died on Sunday last week because of starvation. Bosco Opiru, the General Secretary
Oyab Wangwu HIV Positive Person’s Association, says the 3 are part of 270
positive living persons who were categorised as most vulnerable people of the
3,470 positive living persons in Pabo town council.
He explains that the
three members passed on after abandoning treatment due to lack of food because
of the lock-down. Opiru notes that the trio was surviving on businesses,
which were suspended as part of the measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19
According to Opiru,
they petitioned the District Covid19 Taskforce asking for relief food to
support the most vulnerable members of the association in vain.
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Christine Aber, a
member of the association, says she stopped taking the life prolonging Anti-Retroviral
drugs two months ago after consuming all the food stuff and spending the money
she had saved before the suspension of business especially along
Aber, who sells rice
at Pabo trading center, says the district Taskforce has also been very strict
on truckers who are their biggest customers. Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Deputy Resident District Commissioner
acknowledges receipt of the petition from the association.
He says the task
force has tasked the District HIV focal point persons to collect data from the
entire district before they petition the Office of the Prime Minister for food.
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Dr. Patrick Odong Olwedo, the Amuru District Health Officer, says the
department is doing all it can to ensure all people living with HIV/Aids in the
district receive their ARVs. He says they have been facing a challenge of
people abandoning drugs due to the Covid-19 situation in the country.