Florence Namboozo Mayoga, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on HIV/AIDs, who also doubles as the Woman MP of Sironko district has called upon all Ugandans, majorly youth fraternity to be at the forefront in guarding themselves against the deadly HIV/AIDS, which she said has claimed and is still claiming lives of many Ugandans.
Namboozo said this “collective fight” will help in not only reducing the new infections, but also help in escalating the fight.
She said that if young people stick on implementing the ABC strategy; (Abstaining from sex, Being faithful to ones’ partner and , use a condom), the word AIDs will be a dream in future in Uganda, Africa and the world at large.
The legislator made these remarks on Tuesday December 1, during a press briefing as Uganda Joins the rest of World to commemorate the World AIDS Day, which is always commemorated on the first day of December annually.
The National theme for this year’s day is; National solidarity and a shared responsibility towards ending AIDS.
The legislator also called upon Ugandans to live responsible lives noting that ending Aids requires personal commitment.
She urged all people to disseminate the right information on HIV/Aids on radios, TVs, and all other social media platforms in a bid to end the scourge
“People should have the culture of testing for HIV and if they are found to be positive they should seek for medical care immediately, HIV is not a death sentence, with care people living positive have the same life expectance like those who don’t have the disease”. Nambozo Advised.
According to the recent data by United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), Uganda records 570 new infections which are mainly youth on a weekly basis.
These young men and women are aged between 15 and 24 years, according to UNAIDs.
AIDs is the second highly recorded infection in the country with over 50,000 new infections annually, second to TB which is 89000, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
In Africa, Uganda is second to South Africa where 2,363 people get infected with HIV weekly, compared to 468 for Kenya, 491, for Tanzania, 25 for Rwanda and 2 for Burundi.
As per April 2020, 1.4 million people were leaving with HIV as compared to 1.5 million in 2019, indicating 6.6% decrease, according to UNAIDs report.
The report indicates that an estimate of 23,000 people die of the disease annually.