By Ibrahim Adubango
Nebbi. A research conducted in Nebbi district by Makerere University indicates that some expectant are shunning ante-natal services due to poor attitude of their husbands.
The research also indicates that the male partners do not want to know their HIV/Aids status and want to live in self- denial. The research that was mainly carried in Parombo Sub-county, says that the male partners claim to be committed to other work and so do not escort their expectant wives to health centers.
The Ministry of Health has made it mandatory for couples to be tested during ante-natal care as a means of fighting the HIV/Aids scourge. And in order to boost ante-natal care system, the health centers and hospitals provides free mosquito nets to the mothers in order to protect them from mosquito bites.
Ms Annet Kavuma, a researcher with Makerere University said that 48.59 percent of pregnant mothers do turn up for antenatal care to receive HIV/AIDS counseling and testing without their spouses.
About 200 households were sampled during the research. He said there was need for the local leaders in the Sub-counties to sensitize the communities more on importance of ante-natal care so that maternal mortality rates could be reduced.
According to Ms Paula Anyolitho, a member of village health team (VHT) in Parombo Sub-county said on Tuesday that most men say they are too busy and issues of ante-natal are for women. “During our visits to homes, some men just do not feel like accompanying their wives for ante-natal care yet they have to know how to manage the pregnancy during and after giving birth,” she said.
The Assistant District Health Officer (ADHO), Ms Jessica Draru, said: “Most men shun going for antenatal services to test for HIV/Aids with their wives simply because they do not have trust in themselves.”