Kisoro District Records 5% Drop in HIV/AIDS Prevalence

KISORO – Kisoro district has registered a notable 5% decline in the prevalence of HIV/AIDS over the past year, as reported by Mugisha Sison, the HIV/AIDS Focal person for the district.

Mugisha highlighted that Kisoro currently holds the lowest prevalence rate in the region, with Fort Portal and Mbarara City topping the list with the highest rates. This revelation coincided with the global observance of World AIDS Day. According to Mugisha, also serving as the district drug inspector, the AIDS prevalence rate in Kisoro district has dropped to an average of 2%, down from the previous year’s 2.5%.

He pointed out that Kisoro Municipality maintains its lead among other local governments in Kisoro, boasting a prevalence rate of 4.9%. Following closely is Rubuguri town council at 4%, while Nyakabande sub-county and border towns such as Cyanika, Bunagana, and Busanza each have rates exceeding 1%. In contrast, Murora and Nyabwishenya sub-counties exhibit the lowest prevalence rates, both below 0.5%.

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Mugisha credited this achievement to an enhanced response from patients to health services. However, he expressed concern about the challenges posed by the resurgence of commercial sex work, tourism, and tea projects, hindering further progress.

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Mugisha urged communities to take a proactive role in leading the fight against the spread of AIDS/HIV, emphasizing that the government’s goal to end AIDS by 2030 hinges on collective efforts. He commended individuals living with HIV/AIDS who actively participate in community sensitization campaigns.

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