Ballot: Kampala, residents of Kira reward the Ministry of Well being for the progressive battle towards malaria, HIV / AIDS

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At least 70% of the surveyed residents in Kampala and some parts of the Kira Division in Wakiso District believe that the Ministry of Health, headed by Dr. Diana Atwine, State Secretary, is doing an excellent job in the fight against malaria and HIV / AIDS.

ChimpReports conducted a mini-survey between September 10th and November 10th, reaching 250 randomly selected participants.

The survey aimed to determine trust and understanding (among citizens in the selected areas) of the various services provided by the Ministry of Health.

Of these, 150 were from Kampala (Central 60, Nakawa Division 90), while 100 respondents were found in villages in the Kira community; Kasokoso, Kiganda, Thailand, Kireka D among others.

Of the 150 respondents in Kampala, 50 were men, while in Kira 55% were women and 45% were men.

Of these, at least 10% were street vendors, 25% in health centers, 25% suppliers in various markets, 10% from the corporate world and 30% from other sectors (not categorized).

70% of respondents believe that the ministry is taking appropriate measures to prevent and eradicate malaria and HIV / AIDS. For the remaining 30%, some are unfamiliar with the ministry-initiated campaigns to fight the disease, while others feel that the ministry is not doing its best in disease prevention.

The majority of respondents told ChimpReports that in 2020 they would learn more about Dr. Atwine found out when the pandemic broke out but saw her working in the malaria and HIV / AIDs prevention departments.

“We could see her on television making us aware of the need to sleep in treated mosquito nets,” said a group of market vendors at the Nakawa food market.

“When you talk about HIV / AIDs and malaria, I pay tribute to Dr. Atwine appreciation for doing her best in these areas, but in times of Covid-19 people including me developed a certain distrust of the monastery and its officials about some of the lack of detail in the accountability of government funds, “said Doreen, a business student at MUBS Nakawa.

Julius Mudoma, a Bachelor of Business in Education student at Kyambogo University, was no different from his colleague at MUB.

“In the fight against malaria, I recommend Dr. Atwine not only in Kampala, but in the whole country, because even in our village deep in Bumajame, Budadiri district, our grandfather sleeps under a mosquito net. VHTs are functional in responding to diseases like malaria, ”said Mudoma.

“I give Dr. Atwine also recognized in the fight against HIV / AIDS, I’m a student and I know what most of us do, but trust me, if there weren’t any condoms, most of them would have “knocked”. I may not agree with the way she handled the fight against Covid-19, but she has excelled in those two areas, ”added Mudoma.

Dr. Atwine hands a mosquito net to a seller in Kampala during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.

The majority of the students we spoke to at random praised the ministry and Dr. Atwine on the fight against HIV / AIDS, with an emphasis on condom distribution and the availability of educational messages for disease prevention.

“However, I want her to rekindle the Presidential Initiative on AIDS Strategy for Youth (PIASY) in elementary and secondary schools because it will raise awareness of the Scourge in youth,” Mudoma said.

“In contrast to Covid-19, especially in the second wave where we saw large numbers of people die, Dr. Atwine, at least did better at treating other diseases like malaria. I’ve seen her on TV several times teaching us to sleep under the mosquito nets, ”said Moreen Namugerwa, a saleswoman at the Kiganda grocery store.

“She also taught us on TV how to be safe and how to report cases of new Covid-19 during the first wave of Covid-19,” she added.

Students who participated in the survey praised the Ministry of Health and the government for the continuous distribution of free condoms.

Why now?

The mini-poll was conducted in response to recently divided public opinion about the performance of various health ministry officials regarding the national response to Covid-19 and the accountability of government funds paid on the cause.

Gawaya Tegulle, a Supreme Court attorney and a popular Daily Monitor columnist, described Dr. Atwine, for example, as a troubled star that wobbles in the galaxy of the failed regime.

In a statement published by TND News four months ago entitled “Diana Should Resign,” James William Mugeni, a medical clinical officer, joined some activists in demanding that Dr. Atwine should step down from office.

“From March until today, the majority of Ugandans have yet to be convinced of the funds and funds that will be given to Uganda and made available to local donations,” he wrote.

A group of activists around Namata Mwafirika aka Nalongo called on the PS not only to resign, but also to provide evidence of how the Shs 29 billion donation was used by Ugandans.

A group of youths dropped an empty coffin at Mulago National Referral Hospital on Aug. 11 with posters urging the immediate cancellation of Dr. Atwine as MOH PS demanded.

However, part of the public criticized their colleagues for showing the hard work of frontline health workers like Dr. Atwine did not appreciate.

ChimpReports has therefore set itself the goal of investigating and ascertaining people’s real thoughts about the services provided by the Ministry of Health, especially in local communities.

Samuel Lukanga, a social development enthusiast, expressed his anger at these train-driven critics who react negatively to situations without substantiating facts.

“I feel hurt when a group of sleepy, unpatriotic, politically motivated natives mock the country’s highest officials even before they even try to undergo claims-making protocols,” Lukanga said.

Dr. Atwines fight against malaria, HIV / AIDS

Malaria prevalence fell from 30.4% in 2016 when Dr. Atwine stepped in, up 16.9% in 2018.

The WHO 2020 World Malaria Report shows that the estimated number of malaria cases decreased by 7.2% from 283 to 263 per 1,000,000 population at risk between 2016 and 2019.

The report added that deaths fell to 9.5% from 0.34 to 0.31 per 1000 of the population at risk over the same period.

The 2020 Annual Health Sector Performance Report outlined some of the key milestones the Duale recorded in the fight against malaria in the MoH, including the mobilization of resources worth 263 million of the Uganda Malaria Reduction and Elimination Strategic Plan 2021-2025 with the goal of 2021-2025 , To reduce malaria cases by 50% and deaths by 75% by 2025 and working with Uganda Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) Project II, which will serve 4,479,157 people in 16 counties.

Others are; Distribution of over 1.2 million LLINs to pregnant mothers and children under the age of 5, an additional 100,000 LLINs to 50 districts to people affected by flooding, preparations for the universal mass campaign have also been completed and the nationwide distribution of 27.2 million networks in the As part of the “Under the Net” campaign. ‘

VHTs were equipped with personal protective equipment before the mosquito nets were distributed.

The MoH also provided VHTs with protective gear so they can continue essential services such as integrated community case management and internal residue spraying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

On July 22nd, Dr. Atwine appointed a delegation from the Egyptian military to assist Uganda as part of a partnership between the two countries aimed at producing and spraying larvicides to eliminate malaria in Uganda.

Dr. Atwine will meet members of the Egyptian military in July 2021.

Briefly on the fight against HIV

The HIV prevalence rate in 2020 decreased to 5.4% from 6.4% in 2019.

The Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) statistics for 2020 show that Uganda has registered 38,000 new cases of HIV in 12,000 men and 21,000 women aged 15 and over, with 5,300 children under the age of 14.

UAC also noted that Uganda is at an advanced stage to meet the 90-90-90 goals to eliminate HIV from the country by 2030.

The 2019/20 Health Sector Annual Performance Report highlighted the ministry’s progress in fighting HIV.

For example, the report found that HIV-positive pregnant women who received highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and received ARVs for eMTCT during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the puerperium went from 91% (29,475 / 32,485) to 94% (30,113) /32,036) rose) in 2018/19 below the HSDP target of 95%.

“ART coverage among HIV-infected adults and children rose in 2019/20 from 86% (1,198,435 / 1,393,455) to 89% (1,241,509 / 1,400,000) of people living with HIV,” says it in the report.

“Up to 53% (71/135) of the districts achieved the HSDP target of 95% HIV + pregnant women who started using ARVs for eMTCT”,

The ministry also launched a 100-day isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) upgrade campaign for people living with HIV with a goal of enrolling 304,391 people with HIV from July to September 2019.

“We enrolled 345,396 and achieved 113% of the target. 131,794 people with HIV were enrolled in IPT, bringing the total number of people with HIV enrolled for the fiscal year to 477,190. This exceeded the UNHLM target of 101,600. Isoniazid (INH toxicity) has been studied in subjects who participated in IPT. The incidence of adverse events was 0.7%, below the known incidence of 1%, ”the report said.

In an interview with ChimpReports, Dr. Atwine said this week that the ministry will continue to develop guidelines aimed at developing the health sector as a whole.

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