More babies born free of HIV in Masaka, says report

Masaka. As Uganda joins the rest of the world to mark World Aids Day, Masaka District has registered remarkable progress towards total elimination of the virus among newborn babies, a new report indicates.

According to the Masaka District 201415 annual health sector report, there is an improvement in the anti-HIVAids campaign performance, compared to the national average target.

The report indicates a significant progress in the Elimination of Mother To Child Transmission (EMTCT) of the virus campaign in the last three consecutive years.

Currently, the rate stands at 4.6 per cent infections among newborn babies by HIV positive mothers in the district compared to this year’s national average target of 5 per cent.

The trend implies that at least 95.4 of HIV positive mothers in the district deliver their babies free of the virus upon receiving specialised medical attention unlike in the 20122013 fiscal year report where the rate stood at 7.7 per cent.
Dr Joseph Kasekende, the district HIVAids focal person, says the figures give more hope that the district can ably continue to reduce on the rate in the future and that they anticipate reaching 2 per cent by 2017.

“We thank God that we have managed to reduce the figure even with the increased numbers in the general deliveries at their health facilities,” he said in an interview at the weekend.

“This reduction is due to the increased uptake of antenatal services coupled with dependable supply of ARV’s,” he added.