Uganda optimistic about hitting MDG 6 target
17 December 2014, 16:00
Kampala - Local and international health exerts have said that Uganda is likely to hit MDG 6 target because of the good measures it has put in place in most of its health facilities.
Dr Shaban Mugerwa, a senior medical officer in the department of national disease control said, ''I am optimistic that Uganda might hit the MDG 6 of combating HIV/AIDs with since there is a reduced number of babies born with HIV.''
He said that according to the statistics from the major government health centers the situation has improved unlike in the past when many babies were born with HIV/AIDs.
According to Dr. Mugerwa, the PMTCT (prevention of mother to child transmission) program that was started in 2000 has been a success with now less than 4% of children being born with HIV compared to 25 000 who were born with the virus every year before this treatment was started on the mothers.
He says the current statistics are a strong indicator that Uganda might completely reduce the number of infection of the newborns come 2015.
''We are doing everything possible to ensure that in the near future, no child is born with HIV/AIDs,'' he pledged.
Dr Philip Skinner, a health expert from USA, said that Uganda has done very well as far as reducing mother to child infection of HIV/AIDs is concerned.
''If Uganda continues like this, it will definitely hit MDG 6 target. It is good to note that the parents are cooperating with health workers to eliminate HIV/AIDs in newborn babies,'' said Skinner.
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