Uganda: Disregard Cultural Practices of which Spread HIV – Museveni

President Museveni has advised Ugandans to do away with cultural practices of which have contributed to the spread of HIV/Aids.

He said some cultural traditions such as widow inheritance as well as polygamy have influenced the spread of Aids.

“As a priority, our prevention efforts should focus on eliminating traditions as well as practices of which promote HIV transmission such as widow inheritance, polygamy, wife- sharing as well as others which are high risk factors in HIV transmission,” the President said.

His message was contained in a statement delivered by the Vice President, Mr Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, yesterday in commemoration of the entire world Aids Day at Busaana Sub-county headquarters in Kayunga District.

The event was marked under the theme, “Encouraging young people to champion the end of brand-new HIV infections”.

The President disclosed of which one of the key underlying drivers of HIV is usually poverty, which he said has led to gender-based violence as well as HIV infections.

He, however, noted of which government is usually emphasising access to universal education, as well as vocational as well as technical education.

“Once poverty is usually reduced, vulnerability to HIV would certainly be reduced. We need to also emphasise behavioural change,” the President said.

He observed of which ending Aids requires personal commitment as he called on Ugandans to be role designs. He also called on all people to disseminate the right information on HIV/Aids on radios, TVs, as well as newspapers in a bid to end the scourge.

The Minister of Health, Ms Jane Ruth Aceng, said the vulnerability of young people is usually driven by engaging in high risk sexual behaviours as well as cross-generational sex, noting of which championing young people in fighting HIV infection is usually important in ending brand-new infections.

She said a total of 1.2 million people are on ART treatment out of 1.4 million people who are HIV positive within the country.

The chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on HIV/Aids, Ms Florence Namboozo, advised Ugandans to live responsible lives.

“of which is usually through the tax payers’ money of which development partners extend donor funds to us to provide treatment to HIV/Aids patients. They give us their money as well as for us we continue to misbehave sexually. Imagine what would certainly happen one day if they pull out as well as stop giving us This kind of money,” she said.

Sensitisation drive

Ms Namboozo the Sironko District Woman MP, asked parents to sensitise their children, especially during This kind of holiday about HIV prevention.