Saturday, 1 December 2012
KASESE CELEBRATES WORLD AIDS DAY
Kasese on the weekend joined the rest of the country in celebrating the World HIV/AIDS day with the district occasion held at Katunguru landing site in Lake Katwe sub-county.
The Resident District Commissioner Milton Odongo was the chief Guest at the function under the theme; Re-engaging political leaders for effective HIV prevention.
The RDC emphasized the need for more men to go for medical safe male circumcision which has scientifically been approved as one of the mitigation measures of the highly prevailing scourge.
Odongo said that government has put all the necessary interventions to make sure the HIV/AIDS scourge is controlled adding that it is now a personal responsibility of every Ugandan to take care of their lives.
He added that medical safe male circumcision has been offered free of charge in government hospitals.
He urged the all stakeholders to put more emphasis in saving the lives of people living at the landing sites adding that most people there are reckless about sexual matters.
A case study in October this year by Uganda Fisheries and Fish Conservation Association-UFFCA indicates that the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate at Katunguru landing site stands at twenty two point four percent far high than the national and district rates at seven point four and six point three respectively.
John Businge who represented the district chairman at the function said it was important for leaders at all levels to be exemplary by leading their communities in the voluntary testing and counseling.
He said that HIV/AIDS should be a key point of emphasis in any speech being delivered by a leader at every forum one is asked to speaker so that more people are able to know their HIV status.
The District health officer Dr. Yusuf Baseke accused men of failing the fight against the scourge by refusing to test with their wives when attending antenatal care.
The function was supported by several non governmental organizations that included NACWOLA, UFFCA, Save the children, Strides for family health, Hima Cement and Bishop Masereka medical center that carried out free testing and male circumcision services. END