At the health camp organized by the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) and ROM to equip UAC staff and their families with HIV and AIDS information and services, Dr. Stephen Watiti, who has lived with HIV for over thirty years advised participants to always accept the problem that there’s and live positively if they are to overcome all the challenges. “I have lived with HIV for over thirty years, used my position to help other people and the more I have helped, the more I have helped myself.” He said.
He further urged them to always test for HIV, screen for non-communicable diseases including cervical and prostate cancers and if found positive, they should look after their bodies well so as to live longer.
ROM and UAC believe that HIV is still a threat to Uganda’s socio-economic development that imposes a big burden to individuals, families, communities and the nation at large. At the workplace, HIV has the potential to affect productivity.
ROM provided UAC staff with HIV testing and counselling services, tuberculosis screening and management, blood pressure, blood sugar testing and cancer screening among others. Participants screened for different diseases; 26 screened for blood pressure, 25 were tested for HIV, 3 for tuberculosis and eight for blood sugar.
ROM staff taking participants’ blood pressure and blood samples during the health camp.
Left -Right: A ROM staff offering counselling services to a participant at the camp and tent where HIV testing services and other services were carried out.