Mayuge Health Centers Struggle with Shortage of HIV Testing Kits

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Rebecca Tawomaiso, the in charge of Bukatuube health centre II says at least 50 expectant mothers miss testing each month at the facility.

Health centers in Mayuge district are struggling with the scarcity of HIV testing kits. As a result, many expectant mothers visiting antenatal clinics return home without being screened for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Rebecca Tawomaiso, the in charge of Bukatuube health centre II says at least 50 expectant mothers miss testing each month at the facility.

She explains that only a handful of testing kits are delivered at the health centers in the district. Tawomaiso says they only receive about 60 percent of the required testing kits at Bukatuube health centre II. She also says they are also faced with a challenge of patients who travel from distant areas for HIV screening at the health center for fear of being stigmatized in their community.

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Betty Balikaita, a nurse at Nkombe health centre II says despite the fact that many people flock the health center for HIV testing they only offer them condoms and refer to health centre III’s and IV’s.

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Thomas Loyep, a resident of Bukaleeba village says in addition to the scarcity of HIV testing kits, the health centers often suffer drug stock outs. Loyep claims patients who visit health center II often go away without medication.
  
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Mayuge district has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in Busoga region. Deo Asaba, the Mayuge district health educator confirms the shortage of testing kits in the district. The HIV prevalence in Lake Victoria shore areas is more than 8 percent, which higher that national average at 7.4 percent. 

Asaba believes the rate of infections could go down gradually through testing and sensitization.