By Sandra Birungi
The drugs were handed over by Dr. Baniru Masaba of Tobin Health Center in Mbale town on behalf of Canadian Friend of Pearl of Children executive director, Deborah Rottenberg.
Brigadier Makumbi appealed to the senior ranked officers in the UPDF to live responsible lives. “Half the drugs we receive are consumed by the surrounding communities. They assume UPDF drugs are stronger and more effective. You should not think and be deceived that HIV/AIDS is only common among the soldiers but it’s now everyone’s concern,” he said.
He went on to thank the Canadian government for the drugs and went on to denounce the increasing number people from the community which go to the UPDF health centers to access ARV drugs.
“The only challenge is that UPDF is more classified and exposed to HIV because of situation,” Brig. Makumbi said.
Dr Masaba, while handing over the drugs said, “Donation that comes in is based on the request from the Tobin Health Center but we appeal to the communities, government-aided and private health centers to send in their priorities to avoid the push method.”