By Emmanuel Okwii
Ms Janet Kataha Museveni, the first lady of The Republic of Uganda has called upon development partners in Uganda to desist from wastage of resources on documentation and instead spend the money on development of the various structures and needs of different sectors in the country.
While speaking at the launch of a new programme for the elimination of mother to child transmission at King George Stadium in Tororo at the weekend, the first lady said that Development partners in the country should consider supporting health centres with critically required necessities instead of putting a lot of resources on filing document that may not be life changing or developmental.
“Please buy ambulances, motorcycles, bicycles, beds and mattresses, connect electricity and clean water in the health facilities so that services can be improved’’ Mrs. Museveni said. In addition, she also called upon all stakeholders in the community to join hands in ensuring that no child in Uganda is born with the HIV virus by 2015.
“It is estimated that the number of HIV infections has increased from 129,000 in 2010 to 130,000 in 2011 and about 145,000 in 2012. To make matters worse, the number of people living with HIV in Uganda has also increased from about 1.2 m to 1.3 million in 2012,” Mrs Museveni, Who is the patron for EMTCT said.
Although she warned against sexual promiscuity and encouraged safe male circumcision, Janet said that most men had evaded their responsibilities as family heads and had resorted to watchers of immorality amongst the young.
“Men, you should protect your families and guide your children such that they can grow up responsibly,” She said adding that children in most cases emulated what their parents did before starting their own families when they grew up.
Meanwhile, the state minister for primary health care, Ms Sarah Achieng Opendi on her part said that her ministry will continue to expand EMTCT services country wide. She said that despite all the efforts put in place to achieve the implementation of the strategy, the ministry is still faced with a number of challenges which need to be addressed.