By Emmanuel Okwii
The Aids Support Organization [TASO] Mbale branch does not have a CD4 count machine, Uganda Picks has learnt. Although there are growing numbers of infections in the area, patients are in most cases forced to go to TASO Soroti.
This revelation was recently made by Mr Pascal Napasi, the TASO Mbale Clients’’ chairperson. He said that operations and service delivery had been greatly hampered since most patients can’t afford going to Soroti. These revelations were made during the celebration of the 25 years of existence of TASO in Eastern Uganda over the weekend.
The manager TASO Mbale, Ms Amina Nakasi, said that the centre serves Eastern region and noted that it was a disaster for the centre to fail to have the machine. She asked the government through the ministry of Health to provide them with a machine if patients are to be helped
Ms Nakasi said the HIV prevalence has increased in Eastern region standing at 4.6 percent while Mbale alone stands at 4.5 percent which requires us to have all the necessary equipments to help clients.
Prof.Vinandi Nantulya, the Chairperson Uganda Aids Commission while addressing the gathering acknowledged the problem of lack of CD4 machine and promised to make a fellow up on the matter saying even the ministry of Health is aware of the problem.