By Kennedy Inyakuni

The local residents in Moyo district have been challenged to take full charge of their lives in order to live a productive life for development. The appeal was made on Saturday while commemorating the World AIDS day in Dufile Sub County under the theme “it’s time to know your status”.

According to Doctor Joshua Makita the team leader Infectious Diseases Institute, a big number of those living with the virus do not know their status which has left the district with a lot of work to do in order to have zero new infections.

Michael Adrawa, Moyo district HIV focal point person says that the rate of persons living with HIV/AIDs in the district stands at 1.1 percent while for West Nile as a region it stands at 2.1 percent. He also reminded the public that HIV is still around.

Executive Director MAHA Uganda, a local forum for persons living with HIV in Uganda Vicky Mundua applauded the government of Uganda for the free provision of the Anti-Retro Viral -ARV drugs to the HIV/AIDs patients in the country.

Alex Chelimo, Chief Administrative Officer Moyo district has called for professionalism among health workers when handling issues of sicknesses in the communities.

According to Aziro Martina secretary for Gender and community based services who was the chief guest at the event to mark World AIDs day in Moyo district, 700,000 people are estimated to get infected in the next five years of which 25,000 are children.

Gory Goffin, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner Moyo has urged the married couples to be faithful to their partners while the unmarried should abstain from sexual practices in order to avoid getting infected.

Outreaches and moon-light testing are some of the mechanisms designed to attract people to know their HIV status. End