Man sues government over failure to fully recall defective batches of life guard condoms

By Sania Babirye

A Ugandan citizen who claims to have contracted HIV/AIDS after using a defective life guard condom has sued government for failing to remove the said defective condoms on the market.

In a petition filed in the high court civil division, Joseph Kintu claims that the said condoms are still in circulation since several other batches were not recalled from bars and retail shops because NDA and Marie Stopes’ mandates are limited to pharmacies and drug stores.

Kintu claims that 30% of the defective condoms are still being sold and many Ugandans continue to contract sexually transmitted diseases on a daily basis .

He further claims that people with hearing and sight impairments have also complained that government did not communicate to them in form of sign language to alert them of the defective condoms on market as such communication was published in either News papers or placed on Radio and TV stations yet many of them are still using the said condoms and have since tested positive to STDs.

Kintu wants court to declare that the failure by government and concerned parties to fully recall the defective batches of Lifeguard condoms on the market a violation of the right to health as people continue to contract sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.

Court is yet to summon government for defense.

Government asked to pay more attention to other diseases too

By Deo Wasswa

The Network of people living with HIV under their national umbrella organisation, The National Forum of People Living with HIV has received hand hygiene commodities worth USD 240,000 as part of efforts to improve hygiene and sanitation as the country continues to battle with COVID-19.

The kits donated by USAID together with Reckitt Benckiser Group and Dembe group will be distributed to 100,000 people living with HIV across the country.

While receiving the donation Dr. Steven Watiti the board chair of the network has urged health workers, government and health partners to put more attention on other diseases as it fights the corona virus disease also.

He says, as the government continues to fight the deadly corona virus other diseases, especially HIV, have gotten less attention yet it has continued to claim lives of Ugandans

Woman kills partner after she finds him swallowing ARVs

By Robert Segawa
Police in Hoima is holding 28 year old woman who allegedly killed her boyfriend after she found him swallowing Anti Retro Viral drugs ( ARVs)

The deceased has been identified as Emmanuel Tumusiime 35 year’s a resident of Kijumba cell in Kigolobya town council Hoima district,he was hacked to death on Wednesday at his home.

According to Julius Hakiza the Albertine region police spokesperson, Emmanuel was murdered by his lover who used an axe to hit the victim’s head and he died instantly.

Hakiza further adds that Joyce Atugonza on revealing that her lover was dead, locked the house, got onto a Bodaboda to Hoima police station, reported a case of murder and later confessed to killing her husband.

The victim reportedly claim that she was hurt and disappointed that the boyfriend could have infected her with HIV. Police picked the body to Hoima referral hospital for Postmortem as Investigation is still underway.

Leaders worry about growing number of sex workers in Mbale

By Moses kidandi

Local leaders in the eastern district of Mbale have expressed concern over the increasing number of prostitutes in the whole town which is putting the number of youth in Mbale at risk of being infected with HIV while others stand high chances of being addicted to prostitutes.

Many of the prostitutes come from Kenya,Kampala and the north and are mainly operating on Republic Street, Central Road, near North Road Primary School, Market place, Lorry Park, Manafwa Road and Cathedral Avenue.

Police has been blamed for the laxity which has caused rise in numbers of sex workers in Mbale.

Mr Robert Tukei, the Elgon region Police spokesperson, said they would soon conduct an operation to arrest all sex workers in the town.

“We shall take action. We are going to arrest and charge them accordingly,” he said. Ms Lilian Nakawesi, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says sex workers are also becoming a security threat in Mbale.

Kalerwe market vendors sensitized need to know their HIV/AIDs statuses

By Alice Lubwama
In order to protect the communities along the 21 Kilometer Northern by Pass Highway, stake holders carrying out construction works have intensified sensitization about the dangers associated with migration of labor.

The contractor Mota-Engil Uganda in partnership with Family Rescue Initiative Uganda have organized a health camp to sensitize communities around Kalerwe and Kyebando on how they can take care of their lives and also test and know their status in relation to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B , a head of the construction of kalerewe Flyover.

Uganda national roads authority ( UNRA) nominated family rescue initiative Uganda to handle social safe guards of Northern by pass by sensitizing the host communities of the road on the disturbances that will come with the construction ,such as HIV/AIDS., child protection, sexual reproductive health, and ask them about their expectations.

The executive director Family Rescue Initiative Uganda Jane Mwirumubi says that the sensitization aims at reducing on the rate of immoral behaviors and crimes associated to migration of labor as it has been reported in some areas were such huge construction works have been carried out.

“This is also part of social cooperate responsibility by the contractor because they will be a lot of sexual activities between the host communities and the road construction workers,” Mwirumubi said.

The health officer at Monta-Engil Group Uganda Lenah Kemigisha said that the biggest challenge they are facing at kalerwe was poor cabbage disposal, where people are throwing cabbage in the drainage and end up with sanitation related diseases.

When asked about the behaviors of the road construction workers, she said that they haven’t yet registered any issues with their workers in relation to their sexual behaviors, since construction started in 2014.

In 2015, the World Bank cancelled funding for the construction of the 66km Kamwenge to Fort portal road citing serious allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse by contractors.

The director general Uganda Aids commission Dr Nelson Musoba recently said that HIV prevalence rate was high among young women in areas where the infrastructure projects are taking place because they have low bargaining power to protect themselves since the men who go there to work have money to buy out sex.

Government worried about HIV/AIDS prevalence rates

By Alice Lubwama
The Uganda aids commission calls for more HIV/AIDS sensitization campaigns for communities in areas where government is implementing large multi-million infrastructure projects to help in prevention of new HIV Infections.
speaking at the release of the report on financing HIV/AIDS and gender based violence in infrastructure projects in Uganda,the director general of Uganda AIDS commission Dr Nelson Musoba said that HIV prevalence rate is high among young women in areas where the infrastructure projects are taking place because they have low bargaining power to protect them selves since the men who go their to work have money to buy out sex.

“So you have men coming with power and money and you have women here dis empowered with no money, that’s why you see rape and GBV taking place and the chances of transmitting HIV is high because of these imbalances.” Musoba said

According to the ministry of health the average national prevalence of HIV rate is 6.2% but for women is 7.6% and men is 4.7%.

Musoba however note that the HIV prevalence rate is higher among men between the age of 45 to 49 years because they are the ones with money and having sex with young girls. He noted that 30% of the new HIV infections are among the young girls between the age of 15 to 25 because they are having sex with rich men who are having multiple sex.

Its the reason why the Uganda aids commission carried out a study to find out how HIV/AIDs and gender based violence interventions were being implemented under the large infrastructure projects.

The report on financing HIV/AIDS and gender based violence in infrastructure projects in Uganda shows that specific strategies for implementation of the HIV/AIDs and gender based violence interventions in the infrastructural projects was lacking .

The study indicate that apart from Uganda national roads authority which had evidence of funds allocated to HIV and gender based violence interventions , other implementing partners of the projects had no data to prove implementation.

In 2008 , government launched the HIV/AIDS main streaming project and guidelines to guide both public and private projects but the director general of Uganda AIDS commission Dr Nelson Musoba says that a lot has to be done to realize the implementation.

Launching the report the the acting UN resident coordinator Alain Sibenaler said that the findings will inform improvements in planning and budgeting for HIV and GBV programming with in the infrastructure projects which will leverage additional funding for the HIV response to support reduction and stabilize prevalence.

Hospital pays 10 million compensation for nurse’s negligence

BY SANIA BABIRYE

A private City hospital has agreed to pay Ten million shillings in compensation to a 2 year old boy who was pricked with a same cannular that had pricked the nurse’s hand, well knowing that she was HIV positive.

Victoria Medical Center along Lumumba Avenue in Kampala has entered a consent judgement signed with Ruth Mushabe, a mother to the victim who sued the hospital along with its nurse Rosemary Namubiru for compensation.

The hospital has on Monday however agreed to amicably settle the nearly five year old dispute by way of compensating the complainant on grounds that it doesn’t condone professional negligence .

In 2014, Rosemary Namubiru, a nurse attached to Victoria Medical Centre was arrested, prosecuted and convicted of criminal negligence when she used an intravenous needle on the child after pricking herself with it.

Namubiru was however released in November 2014 after she successfully appealed against the excessive 3 year jail term before High court judge Rugardya Atwooki.

Both parties appeared before justice Henerietta Wolayo and agreed the mode of payment. According to the agreement the hospital will be paying compensation money in installments of one million shillings per month starting on 10th February.

US spent 506.1 M dollars on improving health in Uganda

By Gloria Nakimba
A total of 8.76 million Ugandans were tested for HIV/AIDS in 2017, according to new report to the Ugandan People released by the US Embassy in Kampala on Thursday.
US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac says her government spent  506.1 million US dollars, about 1.8 trillion Uganda shillings in assistance to promote a healthy Uganda while the overall  assistance to the  Ugandan people  in the financial year 2017 totaled  to 971 Million US dollars  approximately  3.6 trilling shillings.
According to the report nearly 60% of Ugandans living with HIV achieved viral load suppression which has been shown to reduce onward transmission by 96%.
Ambassador Malac however noted that there are still challenges regarding resources for health workers asking government to invest more in the health sector to address this challenge.
This she says is a challenge not just in Uganda but in a number of countries where the resources are constrained, and health workers including nurses, midwives and physician are not paid enough to retain them to keep them as part of the system.
Center for Disease Control country director   Dr. Lisa Nelson noted that Uganda has registered great progress in HIV response getting towards the epidemic control as well as controlling malaria.
She explained that much of the support was towards the health sector to help the country deal with disease outbreaks “Uganda is in the Congo basin with a lot of emerging disease threats, and I think one of the things the US government and all agencies are involved in is also supporting Uganda to have the system to detect disease outbreaks and be prepared to respond so that they don’t spread and contain economic impact of those threats” Dr. Lisa Nelson told the media at the launch of the report at the American embassy in Nsambya. She hailed Uganda’s capability to diagnose infections as and when they break out.
“Some of your institutions such as Uganda virus research institute really are world class and are able to detect these disease and able to detect them in a timely fashion” she said.
Uganda is among 13 countries that were selected as one of the comprehensive countries to focus on epidemic control. Amy Cunningham Coordinator PEPFAR program told the media in Kampala that the country is two years away from epidemic control.
PEPFAR supported 993,070 of the 1,051,138 Ugandans receiving treatment for HIV last year. According to the report, more than 26 million Ugandans were kept safe from Malaria last year, thanks to the insecticide treated mosquito nets that were distributed under the US President’s Malaria initiative.
More than one million insecticide treated nets were distributed to families and 200,000 nets were handed out to pregnant women.
Malaria remains the leading cause of illness in the country resulting in 27 to 34 percent of outpatient hospital visits and 19 to 30 percent of hospital admissions country wide .On the issue of stability, the US government contributed 371.3 million dollars that is 1.3 trillion shillings to promote a stable Uganda.
According to Ambassador Malac  some this money went towards supporting the country’s response to an influx of refugees.
 1.3 million Refugees in Uganda received assistance through support from the Bureau of population refugees and migration at the US department of state
She hailed Uganda’s response towards refugees fleeing fighting back home especially those from South Sudan
“We continue to be very impressed with the government of Uganda and the Ugandan people’s willingness to accept refugees, it’s really a very extraordinary position” Ambassador Malac noted.

FDC demands for better health services for HIV/AIDS patients

By Deo Wasswa

Opposition Forum for Democratic change FDC has tasked government and ministry of health to explain to the public why it has their is scarcity of septrin in the health centers which has led to the death of so many HIV/AIDs affected Ugandans.

It should be noted that the ministry of health had promised to make septrin available in health centers this July but to date this has not come true.
According to survey It’s estimated that 1.3 million Ugandans are living with HIV/AIDS and expectant mothers in the blackout.

Addressing a news conference at the party headquarters in Najjankumbi the party president Eng Patrick Amuriat oboi questioned government spends huge sums of money on seriousness issues as opposed to the priorities like putting medicine in all the health center.

Amuriat cited the new plans to accord every Members of parliament with snipers and a armored double cabin car among the none issues which he described as a sign of a failed government which he appealed to legislators to reject the offer since doing the opposite will trigger a wrong button of the public.
He rather encouraged MPs to reexamine themselves why they seem to be a target of insecurity rather than selfishly thinking of their security as opposed to entire country’s elections since nobody is safe.

HIV/AIDS burden declines in Uganda Police Force

Uganda Police has made a significant achievement in addressing HIV/AIDS burden among the police officers country wide.

During the police HIV/AIDS program established some years back, the police have managed to test a total of 134930 police officers of whom 1106 tested HIV positive and linked to health care.

According to Dr. Niwamanya Emanuel, deputy director health services in police, among the officers linked to the care , their viral load has suppressed to 86%.

He was speaking in the meeting between Uganda Aids commission and armed forces held at the Imperial Royale Hotel  to discuss  the role and progress of armed forces in ending AIDS as a public health threat in Uganda by 2030

 

By Wasswa Deo