Door-to-door HIV/AIDs testing to kick off in Uganda
15 April 2015, 16:39
Kampala - The Ministry of Health in Uganda is seeking for UGX 450 billion to carry out an integrated house-to-house testing for HIV/Aids, malaria and Hepatitis B in the whole Country to establish how many people are infected.
The campaign is going to target people aged 14 years and above as well as vulnerable children to enable the government to plan accordingly.
The Minister for Health, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye while appearing before the parliamentary committee on health said the government has been facing a lot of challenges in planning for people living with HIV and other related diseases as they do not know the exact number to cater for.
He said that the campaign will be rolled out throughout the country as soon as the funds are availed house.
Tumwesigye said, ''We are planning to start testing for HIV/AIDs, malaria and Hepatitis B from house to house, village to village. We want to know how many people are infected so we can plan for them.''
He further disclosed that Hepatitis B has also become a very big problem, saying that close to 3.5 million Ugandans are affected and called for concerted efforts to eradicate it from the country.
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