Uganda Starts Free HIV/Aids Call Line


Kampala — President Museveni has asked Ugandans to fight the HIV/Aids scourge, as well as poverty, "in a revolutionary way" - a method he said the National Resistance Movement (NRM) he leads, uses.

"Government identifies a problem and prioritises it and the HIV/Aids fight is one of the government priorities," President Museveni said in a message delivered by the Minister in charge of General Duties, Prof Tarsis Kabwegyere, on World Aids Day at Nyakasanga Grounds in Kasese Town yesterday.

The minister also launched a toll-free line that will be used by health workers to enhance the fight against the deadly virus in the country. The new line, called "The National Pediatric and Adolescent HIV/Aids TB call centre," is based at Mulago hospital, with experts ready to receive calls from health workers on how to handle special cases below 15 years.

"This toll-free service is an innovation of Ministry of Health to improve the HIV/Aids and TB services to children adolescents," Dr Jacqueline Balungi Kangwa, the manager Medical Care Baylor Uganda, said.

The toll-free line is an innovation by the Ministry of health and supported by Baylor Uganda and Centers for Disease Control.

Dr Balungi said the aim of this service is to guide health workers on how to handle challenges faced while treating children and adolescents living with HIV/Aids. (NMG)
Source: The Citizen 3 December 2015