By Candia Stephen
Arua-The employees of the Judiciary have been advised to live responsibly in this era of HIV/Aids where the scourge has claimed many lives in Uganda.
The threat of contracting HIV/Aids remains imminent among Ugandans and so the Uganda Aids Commission has been training the employees with more awareness creation.
During a national programme and strategies for ending Aids as a public threat in Uganda by 2030 sensitization for West Nile districts on Wednesday, Dr Tom Eti from the Aids Commission said the burden of HIV/Aids has greatly increased.
According to statistics for regions, West Nile has the lowest rate of HIV prevalence with 2.8-percent, Kampala with 7.4 percent, while the West has 8.0 percent and the Eastern region with 4.8 percent.
Dr Tom Eti says high risk sexual behavior, low uptake of drugs, gender inequalities and multiple sexual relationships are some of the main drivers of HIV infections in Uganda.
Harold Obitre public health officer AIC Arua demonstrating to the participants how to use female condom on Thursday. All Photos by Candia Stephen.
He called on judicial officers and employees to mainstream HIV/Aids and spearhead planning in their work place so as to reduce on the prevalence rate. Uganda has been lauded for taking stern measures against prevalence of the disease, but it has remained a burden to communities across the country.
Dr Stephen Watiti from Mildmay Uganda, who has lived positively for over 30-years urged judicial staff to accept the diagnosis after testing instead of denying and have a positive attitude towards their status, avoid stigma, discrimination and denial at work place.
“It will not be possible to remove HIV from Uganda if people continue to live as if they are negative!” Dr Watiti said.
He called for involvement of men in HIV prevention, accelerate implementation of test and treat, consolidate progress on elimination of Mother to Child, ensure financial sustainability and engage institutions as a way to end the Aids scourge by 2030.
Judicial officers and employees in a group photo at Desert Breeze hotel on Thursday.
However Patrick Balugahare the Principal Human Resource Officer at the Judiciary said they would have in-house counseling for affected and infected employees and offering monthly financial assistance of Shs 150,000 to the 78 infected employees country wide.
Speaking at the closure of the awareness workshop at Desert Breeze hotel in Arua town, the Inspector of Courts Her worship, Dr Immaculate Busingye called for HIV policy at the courts of Judicature, adding that the well being of the citizenry contributes success.
Over 50 judicial officers and employees from West Nile attended the sensitization, with a call for formation of HIV groups at the Courts of Judicature.
1.3 million-those living with HIV/Aids
28,000-number of deaths per day
142-new infections per day
06 percent-prevalence rate