BULAMBULI. The Bulambuli District health officer, Dr Muhammed Mulongo, has said many people in the area have little or wrong information on HIV/Aids.
Dr Mulongo on Sunday said he has been treating a 26-year-old HIV-positive patient who has since passed on but his parents and relatives do not believe he died of HIV- related complications.
“There are still many myths associated with HIV, most people believe that it is witchcraft. There are those who believe that the disease is not there, it is a disease of the evil spirits and family members just wait for someone’s death,” said Dr Mulongo, adding that family members of the patient believed he committed suicide with rat poison even when it was clear that the doctor examined her and found that she was infected with HIV.
Reports from various health centres in rural areas in Sironko District indicate that the disease is still being approached with secrecy, stigmatisation and denial and that little attention is paid to its prevention and treatment. “And as a result, the disease spreads rapidly and has become deadly in rural and sub-urban areas. People die every day due to lack of access to HIV/Aids services and ignorance,” said Dr Peter Nabende, the Sironko District health officer.