Thursday October 9 2014

Uganda gets 380 new HIV infections daily, say experts

By Benjamin Jumbe

Kampala- Uganda ranks second on the African continent after South Africa in new infections of HIV/Aids, the Uganda Aids Commission Director General, Dr Christine Ondoa, has said.

Appearing before Parliamentary HIV / Aids Committee recently, Dr Ondoa said while the trend of new HIV infections had been declining over the last three years, it was still a point of concern that 380 new infections on average are registered every day in Uganda.

“From the analysis, we see new infections per day, an average of about 380, and half of those infections are in young people” Dr Ondoa said.

She added: “We see this especially in the age groups from 19 to 24 years..., especially the young girls.”
She called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders, including politicians, parents, religious leaders and students, among others, to reverse the trend.

Dr Ondoa said the commission, with support of partners, has been undertaking a process of developing a new HIV/ Aids national strategic plan to guide the multi-sectoral response for the next five years.

The vice chairperson of the committee, Dr Medard Bitekyerezo, blamed the high number of new infections on complacency due to available treatment.

bjumbe@ug.nationmedia.com

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