President Museveni calls for double efforts in HIV fight

President Museveni calls for double efforts in HIV fight
President Yoweri Museveni (R) and Vice President Edward Ssekandi (L) who read the President's speech while launching the Presidential First-Track initiative to end HIV for Central Region in Kalungu district

President Yoweri Museveni has urged anti HIV actors in Uganda to double their efforts to enable the country realize her dream of eliminating the infection by 2030.

While launching the central region forum of the Presidential First Track Initiative to end HIV/AIDs in Uganda by 2030 in Kalungu district, Museveni noted although there is a decline in the HIV prevalence and incidents in the past four years, the achievements need to be consolidated by all stakeholders towards virtual elimination of the epidemic.

In his speech read by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Museveni noted that he is still concerned about the 52,000 new infections that are still being registered in the country annually.

Museveni also urged men to willfully embrace the HIV prevention campaign by seeking related healthcare services in time other than shying away.

Dr. Ronald Mutebi Reagan, the Kalungu District Medical Officer who presented a situation report from the 23 districts in central zone I (Buganda sub region) observed that they are still grappling with the challenge of mothers seeking antenatal services from Traditional Birth Attendants, which undermines their aspiration of vertical elimination of HIV infections.

He reechoed their commitment to improve healthcare service delivery in their respective districts and challenged government to ensure availability of the associated drugs and medical supplies.

In June 2017, Museveni launched the first five-point Presidential first-track Initiative as a national commitment to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, through enhanced intervention that largely puts emphasis on male participation and behavioral change.