Panic as HIV Prevalence Shoots to 15% in Kabarole

Dr. Nathan Ruhinda the Ag. DHO Kabarole

Kabarole leaders and  development partners are concerned about the increasing spread of HIV/AIDS in the area.

The HIV Prevalence in the western district has according to a new report shot to 15.3%, approved up from 11.3% in 2014.

This makes Kabarole the district with the highest prevalence in the country after Rakai district. The national average prevalence currently stands at 7.3%.

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This was revealed during the dissemination of the District HIV Strategic Plan 2015/16-2019-2010 at the district headquarters Kitumba, mind Fort Portal municipality last week.

According to Dr. Nathan Ruhinda the Acting District Health Officer Kabarole, and the most affected are tea growing sub counties, and townships where there are commercial sex workers and long distance truck drivers”.

“A total of 34,866 adults between 15-59 years were found HIV-positive while a total of 2,556 children, 15 years and below are also HIV positive,” Ruhinda.

The DHO highlighted an urgent need for partners and stakeholders to embark on serious HIV control measures.

A number of programs are already on the ground to counter this trend, among them the Monitoring and Evaluation Technological Support (METS) program supported by Makerere University school of Public health in partnership with the University of California in the United States.

Dr. Ediga Kansiime said under METS, they are using HIV Case Based Surveillance system to truck and map data of people with HIV, care and treatment data analysis at health centers in Kabarole to avoid double counting HIV cases.

He added in the 5-year pilot program they have purchased computers and solar panels for the health facilities to help them tracking the HIV treatment and management cases.

The district chairman Mr. Rwabuhinga Richard commended the development partners like Mariestopes International, Baylor Uganda, PACE, Communication for Health Communities, METS among other for being on the fore front in the fight against HIV /AIDS, capacity building and infrastructure development.



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