Public shuns VCT at Constitutional square

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Less than 2500 people have so far turned up for the on-going voluntary testing and counseling at the constitutional square. The VCT program is part of the Uganda Aids Commission's effort to extend the service closer to the people. The Coordinator Uganda Medical Support Agency Emmanuel Zirabba says that the response has been slow but they expect to hit the 10,000 target. The agency is one of the organizations working with HIV/Aids patients that have been mandated by the Uganda Aids Commission to carryout VCT across the country. According to the Uganda Aids Commission less than 20 percent of the Ugandan population has tested for HIV/Aids. The Uganda Aids Commission expects to have tested 1,000,000 people by December 1 as part of the festivities marking the HIV/Aids awareness campaign. Zirabba revealed that his organization would move from the City square and set up different testing centers at KPC, Aero beach in Entebbe and Makerere University to have more people test for HIV/Aids. According to Zirabba, none of the people who have tested have broken down because of the professional councilors handling them.


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