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.
Toll-free line launched
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.
She said the ministry policy is to have children below 15 years, who are HIV-positivem get treatment like anti-retroviral drugs.
“We have found that health workers are shy and not confident enough to handle the HIV-positive children, even when the health workers have been trained, so the toll free-line will help them have guidance on how to handle such cases, thereby improving the fight against HIV/Aids” said Balungi. She added: “This line will help to compile frequently asked questions into a booklet that will be produced twice every year and share them with health workers in a bid to improve the health services” explained Dr Balungi.
The line, (0800100055) will be open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.