September 9, 2013

Over 1,000 children Test for HIV in Lira Town

More than 1,000 children under 15-years of age have undergone free HIV testing and counseling in Lira town.

Children line up for HIV test in Uganda
Children line up for HIV test in Uganda

They were tested in a long week campaign dubbed know your child’s status, which was initiated by Lira regional referral hospital with support from Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally –SUSTAIN

Petua Kiboko, a nursing officer at Lira regional referral hospital said that only four out of the 1258 children who under went the test on Saturday were positive.

She said that the children will be enrolled for HIV care services, which includes treatment.

She further explained that the campaign aims at extending HIV care services to children, whose parents are unable to afford services in private health facilities.

VCT campaign is also part of wider initiatives to reduce HIV prevalent amongst children.

Kiboko urged parents of the children who tested HIV positive to support them through ensuring that they earn a descent living.

Dr.Peter Kusolo, the Lira district health officer recently said the district’s HIV prevalence has increased to about 8.3 % slightly higher than the national prevalence of 7.3%. Lira regional referral hospital is currently involving in a number of community outreaches activities to stem further infections.

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