By John Ogulei
The Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) has revealed that more men are dying of HIV/AIDS related illnesses in North Eastern Region of the country.
UAC made the revelation yesterday, 26th November 2020 in a zoom meeting with journalists.
According to Francis Ikabalet, the North East Regional coordinator, the Commission has registered a spike in HIV/AIDS related deaths amongst men due to poor eating habits.
He said poor feeding routines and diet are particularly dangerous to those who are on ARVs because according to medical experts, poor nutrition can affect the absorption of drugs in the body.
Mr. Ikabalet said, “as a commission we are deeply touched with the increase in cases, for instance Teso sub region tops the prevalence rate with 3.7%, followed by Elgon by 2.8% and Karamoja with 1.3%,” Ikabet revealed.
Agnes Bukirwa, the Regional Coordinator for Uganda Cares decried the general drop in condom distribution during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Bukirwa said, their distribution has been majorly in happening places including bars that were recently closed by government.
According to data released by UNAIDS and WHO, new HIV infections fell by 39% between 2000 and 2019. HIV-related deaths fell by 51% over the same time period, and some 15 million lives were saved through the use of antiretroviral therapy.
However, progress towards global targets is stalling. Over the last two years, the annual number of new HIV infections has plateaued at 1.7 million and there was only a modest reduction in HIV-related deaths, from 730 000 in 2018 to 690 000 in 2019.
Despite steady advances in scaling up treatment coverage with more than 25 million people in need of ARVs receiving them in 2019, key 2020 global targets will be missed.