THE high rate of HIV/AIDS prevalence in Nebbi district has been attributed to lack of sensitisation of the community on the danger of the disease.
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THE high rate of HIV/AIDS prevalence in Nebbi district has been attributed to lack of sensitisation of the community on the danger of the disease.
BY BENEDICT OKETHWENGU

THE high rate of HIV/AIDS prevalence in Nebbi district has been attributed to lack of sensitisation of the community on the danger of the disease.

The Rev. Fr. Juvenile Ayelangom, the Nebbi director of Caritas, a Catholic church organisation, made the disclosure.

Ayelangom said minimal sensitisation on HIV/AIDS has been carried out in the district.

Ayelangom was speaking on Friday in Nebbi town, during the closure of a one-week training on TB/HIV collaborative activities for health workers in the district. The training was organised by Caritas.

Ayelangom remarks come a month after a survey carried out by Nebbi district found that the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the district was at 4.7%. The survey also found that at least 71% of women in Nebbi were ignorant of the ways to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

The study also showed that 59% of the women in the district could not identify two symptoms of HIV/AIDS while 91% knew nothing about the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Ayelangom urged the different stakeholders in the district to ensure that they do their best in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

He noted that Caritas was currently implementing HIV/AIDS programme in the district.

“The district is trying to implement activities of the Global Fund,” Ayelangom said.

The district health officer, Dr. Jakor Oryema, also admitted that there was an increase in the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the district.

“Unfortunately, the prevalence is increasing among married people,” he added.

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