HIV Prevalence in Nebbi Hits 7.2 percent

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Henry Lulu, the West Nile regional manager Aids Information center attributes the escalation in infections to the reckless lives led by fishing communities in Panyimur. He calls on government to come up with programs targeting fishing communities around the country.

The HIV prevalence rate in Nebbi district has hit 7.2 percent up from 2.4 percent in 2006. Dr. Jakor Oryema, the Nebbi District Health Officer attributes the increase in HIV infections to the failure by government and HIV/Aids agencies to target youths and adolescents because they are most sexually active in the district.
 
Dr Oryema says despite the interventions by government and other partners, the rate of new infections is worrying. He also that although they are implementing the prevention of mother to child HIV transmission, some of the babies are born with HIV even after going through the same program. He blames this on inadequate human resource in health centers in the district to do follow ups.
 
Dr Oryema notes that, access to services still remains a challenge. Only 20 out of 40 health units in the district offer comprehensive HIV services adding that, what makes it worse is that some an enrolled on ARV treatment when they are not prepared. 

Raphael Anyolitho, the Nebbi district secretary for social services has urged religious leaders to join the fight against HIV/AIDS if they are to achieve zero new infections instead of de-campaigning some of the interventions in place.


Henry Lulu, the West Nile regional manager Aids Information center attributes the escalation in infections to the reckless lives led by fishing communities in Panyimur. He calls on government to come up with programs targeting fishing communities around the country. 

Sarah Piracel who is living with HIV says the infection rate should have come down but many young people are engaged in risky behavior. She appeals to government to ban illegal discos, which she says are spoiling youths.