The districts of Yumbe and Arua have received 10 motorcycle ambulances that will reduce the challenge of transporting pregnant women to health centres.
At the handover ceremony at the weekend, First Lady Janet Museveni, said the ambulances would help pregnant mothers, especially those in hard-to-reach places.
The project, which is funded by United Nations Population Fund, also seeks to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission in West Nile. The motorbikes will supplement the five car ambulances already at different health centres within the two districts.
At the launch, Ms Museveni also called for male participation in the fight to eradicate mother to child transmission of HIV. “Men should stand up, join their wives and go to health facilities where they can be tested. That is how we are going to have an HIV-free generation,” she said.
Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the Health minister, called for continued use of the ABC (Abstinence, Be faithful or use Condoms) strategy to control the spread of HIV. “We have done quite well in the fight against HIV but we seem to have grown complacent. We need to focus our emphasis on prevention through tested and proven methods,” he said.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor