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President Museveni blames health officials for frustrating fight against HIV/AIDS
Museveni said the health officers are not implementing the NRM preventive strategy against diseases and have turned their profession into a money making venture.

President Yoweri Museveni has blamed district health officers for failing  health systems in the districts, which has increased the burden of disease and its impact on the country.

Museveni said the health officers are not implementing the NRM preventive strategy against diseases and have turned their profession into a money making venture.

The president was launching the presidential fast-tracking initiative on ending HIV and AIDS in Uganda by 2030.

Among those who gathered to witness the launch of president Museveni’s new strategy on fighting HIV/AIDS  included ministers, members of parliament, officials from the  Uganda AIDS commission and district health officers among others.

Museveni opened his address by criticizing  government players who have failed to reach their targets in improving the health of Ugandans especially in reducing new HIV  infections. He also took a swipe at the Uganda AIDS commission blaming it for failure to provide regular updates on the state of  HIV in the country

The president also turned his guns towards the people living with HIV who deliberately spread  the disease to others. He said that they would be treated as criminals.

The presidential fast-tracking initiative on ending HIV and AIDS is hinged on a 5-point plan that will be used to guide campaign to its success.

In the president’s handbook, Museveni says prioritizing an engagement with men in HIV prevention will help address gaps in preventing  new infections particularly among adolescent girls and women.

However, the country still faces a challenge in funding its own HIV and AIDS budget with over 68% of support  is from foreign donors .The  government is now eying an AIDs trust fund.

According to the 2016 Uganda demographic health survey, up to 1.5 million people are living with hiv/AIDS in Uganda.