Via the Daily Monitor: Kibaale HIV infection rate soars. Excerpt:
Health officials and politicians are worried by the high rate of HIV infections in Kibaale District.
The district health officer, Dr Dan Kyamanywa, said last Friday the HIV prevalence in Kibaale is at 10 per cent. He said it was at 5 per cent three years ago but has now surpassed the national prevalence rate of 7.1 per cent.
Dr Kyamanywa was speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting convened at Kibaale Resort Hotel to look for new strategies to counter the Aids scourge.
According to Dr Kyamanywa, Kagadi Town has the highest HIV infection rate followed by Muhorro and Kakumiro town councils.
Kyaterekera Town Board, Ndaiga Sub-county at the Lake Albert shoreline, Igayaza and Kakindo towns are the other areas hit by the scourge.
The medic said the high infections are related to oil and gas fortunes and related businesses that are attracting many people to the area.
“Commercial sex workers, increased long distance truck drivers, the presence of landing sites around Lake Albert, alcoholism and the influx of people into the area have turned detrimental to the (hitherto) healthy population in Kibaale with many people contracting the deadly HIV,” Dr Kyamanywa said.
Kibaale District HIV/Aids focal person, Mr Edward Balimwijuka, said at least 12 people contract the virus in Kibaale every day.