Prison Warders For Mandatory HIV Tests

Dr Johnson Byabashaija, the Commissioner General of Uganda Prisons has announced mandatory HIV testing for all prison warders across the country.

He made the announcement while addressing prison warders and inmates at Lira Central prison on Thursday during his countrywide tour of prison facilities.

The Director General of Uganda Prisons Dr. Johnson Byabashaija
The Director General of Uganda Prisons Dr. Johnson Byabashaija

According to Dr Johnson Byabashaija, the anti HIV campaign being supported by the Center for Disease Control-CDC is aimed at mitigating HIV infections among the service men and women.

He noted that it is treasonable for a serving officer to die of Aids while there is free treatment.

Byabashaija said the HIV testing campaign will later expand to cover inmates across the country. A team from Center for Disease Control and Prevention will soon be in Lira to carry out HIV counseling and testing for all prison warders.

The announcement by the commissioner of the mandatory HIV testing has not gone down well with some officers.

Some of the prison warders said it is illegal to subject any person to compulsory HIV testing.

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