By Marko Taibot
Adjumani- A new approach called Partner service has been introduced in the district to help reduce on the new HIV/AIDS infections.
Partner Service (PS) is part of a comprehensive array of services offered to persons infected with HIV and their partners.
This approach will be implemented by one of the implementing partners Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) according to Nicholas Akena the technical support officer IDI.
The Partner Service is partner notification, a process through which index patients are interviewed to elicit information about their sexual partners, who can then be confidentially notified of their possible exposure or potential risk.
The partner service was piloted in Rakai and Kiboga district where out of index clients of 767 managed to disclose 1375 of their sexual partners, then 779 were contacted on phone counseled and 350 of them accepted to be tested while 134 of them were found to be positive.
Akena added that, index patients are encouraged to notify past partners, in addition to current partners, and engage them in testing services, provide all infected persons with support to ensure that their partners are confidentially informed of their possible exposure to HIV
Dr Akule Patrick the focal person HIV/AIDS Adjumani said in the last three months the recent roll out of test and treat has yielded excellent impact and 127.1% of those who tested HIV positive were enrolled on Anti Retro Viral.
Amandu Joshua the in charge Nyumanzi health center disclosed that at facilities located in the refugees’ settlements, HIV management poses a serious challenge due to their mobility and poor attitude.
Amandu further revealed that some refugees are being deceived that there is a doctor who treat HIV in Juba and yet when they come back re-tested positive.
Dr George Bhoka the district health officer Adjumani notes that there is need to have evidence based HIV programming and adequately understand this epidemic to be able to fight the disease. He further stressed that that every public challenges driven by multiple factors ranging from political, economic social, cultural and spiritual, and unless we know the driver of the epidemic we would be wasting a lot of resources.
Sabuni John the secretary for health in the district council urged every stake holder to take responsibility to ensure that new infections are reduced to be able to succeed in the new approach.