Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, has said the current statistics showing the burden of HIV/AIDs as presented during this year’s national symposium is alarming despite numerous interventions taken by the government.
According to the report findings, HIV prevalence among women stands at 7.2% and men at 4.3% with adolescent girls bearing the brunt with new HIV infections at almost four times higher among females than their male age mates.
According to the annual report 2021/2022, 1.4 million people in Uganda have HIV/AIDS and among these the majority are women.This is according to the latest HIV status report released by Uganda Aids Commission.
This was during the National HIV and AIDS Symposium that took place in Kampala under the theme: “Ending inequalities among adolescents’ girls, young women and boys”, which is intended to focus on highlighting the vulnerability of adolescent girls, boys and young women to HIV.
Speaking during the event, Nabbanja said the health status of the people of Uganda is central in the economic transformation of the country, adding that adolescent girls, boys and women are not only the future of this nation, but constitute a significant proportion of Uganda’s population.
She noted that she has been following the progress made over years in the HIV and AIDS management in the country and she realized that the use of the ABC campaign championed by President Museveni was able to reduce the prevalence from an average of 18% in the 1990s to 6% by early 2000 and 5.5% today.
“I however, note that despite the tremendous success registered, the burden of HIV remains high. Government will continue supporting all interventions aimed at ending inequalities among adolescents Girls, young women and boys, through policy formulation, “she said.
Nabbnaja said the government will continue to work with development partners to ensure a resilient health care system for the prosperity of the country.
While releasing the report findings, the director of planning at Uganda Aids Commission, Dr. Vincent Bagambe expressed concern over the high number of new infections in the country standing at 54,000 annually.
” We have an estimated 54,000 people acquiring HIV/AIDS every year, unfortunately, the majority of these are women, ‘said Bagambe, adding that more men are dying of the disease-related illnesses than their female counterparts.
“If it’s not on, it’s not safe.” Condoms provide protection against transmission of HIV/AIDS through sores or cuts on the skin, “he noted.