Sironko District Woman MP Florence Nambozo Mayoga urged government to remain committed to the efforts of reducing the threat of HIV/AIDS by preventing new infections and helping HIV-positive Ugandans access the life-saving treatment they need.
Nambozo the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on HIV/AIDs and other related diseases made remarks on Friday during the annual general meeting of TASO Uganda which was held at TASO headqauters in Mulago. She urged men to go for HIV testing, saying “men should go for HIV testing to protect their partners, “it’s important to know your status and disclose to your partner to prevent further spread of HIV”, She stressed.
She also referred to the current statistics that show 60% of men who have been tested and 52% enrolled on treatment calling for the gaps to be covered. She further highlighted the need for increased sensitization and advocacy by government Health institutions in order to create awareness in communities. Nambozo noted that Uganda is a model country in the fight against AIDS saying, “Ending AIDS is an investment in human dignity and not a charity adding that Uganda has over one million people on treatment and this is key to achieve the 90-90-90 UNAIDS targets, which project that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and lastly 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. However it should also be remembered that In June 2017 President Museveni launched the Presidential Fast-track Initiative on ending HIV & AIDS in Uganda by 2030. This was the first initiative in Africa and the entire world.
Nambozo said that although government adopted the ABC (abstinence, being faithful and use of condoms) method to sensitize and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS which helped lower the Prevalence however she says there is need to emphasize the role of the family in the fight against AIDs. “I must emphasize the role of the family in the fight against AIDS. Talk to your children, this is because the first relationship a child has is with the parents. We need to talk to our children about AIDS,” she Advised.She finally called for more open mindness about HIV/AIDs and an end to criminalization and discrimination of people with HIV.