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PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE REJECTS HOIMA HIV STATUS REPORT

By Flavia Ajok

HOIMA: Members of parliament on HIV/AIDS committee have rejected the report on HIV/AIDS presented by Hoima city and district.

The committee on Friday held a fact finding meeting at Hoima regional referral hospital hall to get a statistical report on HIV in the two areas before and after Covid- 19.

Following the presentation made by Patricia Asiimwe, the health information focal person on behalf of the administrative units, Sarah Kayagi, the committee chairperson rejected the report saying the presentation was for last year November and they had just copied and pasted the information that was released by Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) which was for the entire country not Hoima.

Kayagi gave the two entities an ultimatum of one week to provide the correct data that the committee needs.

Kayagi added that all the two administrative units are in a mess and have done the committee a disservice noting that Hoima city could not even present its own  HIV data statistics but hid behind Hoima district.

Michael Kakembo, the MP for Entebbe municipality said he was disappointment by the leaders of the two entities who are responsible for giving the right data to the committee and yet they were informed about the visit two months before.

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Emmy Turyabagyenyi Kateera, the Resident District Commissioner Hoima apologized to the committee for the wrong data that had been  presented  to it but blamed the district technical team for failing to compile the date even when he informed them before the meeting.

However Turyabagyenyi told the committee that the district was in the phase of correcting some of the contradictions in its report and promised to do better next time.

On his part, Brain Kaboyo, the Hoima city mayor attributed the wrong data presented by the city to understaffing adding that the workers are overburdened while others volunteer to fill the gaps that are at times not even in their departments.

Kaboyo therefore asked the members of parliament to push government to recruit more staff in these new cities.

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