- Adjumani district Local government in conjunction with Uganda AIDS Commission has organized West Nile Regional launch of the Presidential fast track initiative scheduled to run from 5th- 7th September 2018 in Adjumani
- The first activity of the Event was graced with “Lange Event” a cultural practice of educating members of the family at an evening fireplace)
- The theme of the Event is ” Reaching men, girls and young women to reduce new HIV infections
- Over 19,678 register HIV positive persons are registered in the district out of which 9943 Active on ART, 612 New infections, 177 HIV related deaths. The prevalence rate is 3.1 per cent
By Salama Ali
Adjumani- The bad cultural practices are hindering the fights against HIV/Aids scourge in Adjumani district.
While addressing a gathering at the Presidential fast track initiative, a call for acceleration of efforts to achieve an epidemic control & eliminate AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, the clan chief of Pakele, Mr David Chudi Drichi, says the culture of widow inheritance was escalating the scourge.
He said some of the spread of the HIV was done during the war where women were raped, defiled and forcefully married women and girls. This, he said has left negative effects on the affected families.
The Presidential fast track initiative was first launched in 2017 by Museveni. Mr Habib Abubakar the district community Development Officer says that: “Our elders, grandparents are left with the burden and challenge of bringing up orphans of AIDS. You behave recklessly out there and when u die, your children remain with no parents only to be brought to these weak grandparents. This should not continue.”
Inyani Dolorenc, the focal person Adjumani HIV AIDS emphasized that women should not leave their husbands behind when going for HIV tests and Antenatal. “If you are tested positive, begin treatment immediately. And if you started treatment remain on it,” he said.
The Event was graced by performances from Traditional dance groups like Amani Nubian cultural group, Ma’di traditional dance groups (Murre dance), Cultural music instrumentalists who emphasized on going for HIV tests and Sugar mummies who lure young boys into sex thus the spread of HIV AIDS.
LCV chairman, Mr Leku James, blames high consumption of alcohol as the main cause of the scourge. “When you drink alcohol excessively, it exposes one to high risks of HIV because during intercourse you can’t wear Condoms properly and consistently,” he said.