Bushenyi district authorities are concerned about dozens of minors missing out on HIV treatment after efforts to diagnose children with HIV in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
According to Bushenyi district authorities, only 12 out of the 50 children who were born with HIV in 2018 can’t be traced and the health department is also unable to account for 2 out of the 89 children born with HIV this year.
Another 20 children aged between 2 to 14 years have also missed treatment for close to a year.
Aggrey Ategyeka, a Director at Rwenjeru Child Development Center blames the failure of the minors to access treatment on stigma, which makes it hard for the minors to easily seek treatment and continue taking their drugs.
Doreen Asiimwe, the Bushenyi District Probation Officer, says the biggest challenge has been the failure by parents and guardians to support the minors to ensure they continue receiving their treatment, adding that it’s a collective responsibility by the concerned stakeholders to sensitize residents on the need to support People Living with HIV/AIDS.
The Bushenyi District Health and Education Secretary, Peace Tibakuna, says skipping treatment is a serious challenge.
She says patients who abscond from treatment always suffer from immunity problems, which leads to death unless the matter is detected early enough. She says the district doesn’t budget for funds to follow up on such cases.