Attitude Change The Only Solution To Fighting High HIV Prevalence Rate In Kabarole
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HIV/AIDS has been in existence for over 30years but the disease continues to cause havoc among many Ugandans especially in Kabarole district where the prevalence rate is high.
Dr.Richard Mugahi, the acting District health Officer Kabarole says that awareness creation about the disease has been done by the leaders but it’s hurting that the people have failed to implement the good morals, attitudes and preventative measures like abstinence, condom use and faithfulness.
He reveals that Kabarole district leads in HIV with the high prevalence rate of 11.3percent among general public and 15.2% among the mothers accessing antenatal care services (ANC) posing a threat and an alarm to the development partners and district leaders.
Dr.Mugahi was speaking during the commemoration of the World AIDS day 1st December 2016 at Ruteete sub county headquarters, Kabarole. Ruteete is the second with 25% prevalence rate among mothers accessing antenatal care services after Busoro Sub County with 30%.
He revealed that the percentage of babies born with HIV has reduced to 2% calling on the people to change their attitudes and fight the new infections to Zero.
Dr.Letteshia Namale disclosed that Rwenzori region has 17,917 people leaving with HIV is leading with 32% of positivity.
She encouraged the married couples to test together, know together and disclose together if they are to fight the deadly HIV/AIDS.
RDC Kabarole Mr. Asiimwe Stephen attributed the high prevalence rate of HIV in the district to many positive people who have not adhered to the message of testing and have continued to spread it to others.
The District chairperson Mr. Rwabuhinga Richard attributed the high HIV in the district to drug abuse, parents’ negligence and rampant domestic violence noting that after consuming drugs like alcohol and opium, the abusers lose their senses and engage in unprotected sex.
The District chairman however noted that the struggle to fight against HIV needs team work and argued people to change their attitudes and engage in responsible sex.
Rwabuhinga asked the people to take the gospel of prevention through abstinence, faithfulness for the married couples and condom use if tempted to have sex.