Baylor Uganda has a launched a contest for expectant mothers and their husbands in West Nile region to promote the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission-EMTCT of HIV/ Aids. Dr. Linus Amandu, the West Nile regional manager Baylor Uganda says the contest aims at assessing four areas once a woman becomes pregnant up to delivery.
These include antenatal visits; follow up visits, Voluntary HIV Testing for the couple and delivery at the health facility. He says the contest was piloted in six selected health centers in the district and Vivian Adrakaru, an expectant mother from Arivu Sub County emerged winner. Dr Amandu says Adrakaru who is just left with one step of delivery at the health center fulfilled all the other steps.
The participating health centers are Bondo in Arivu sub county, Adumi, Ocodri, Omogo, Aroi and Oli health center in Arua municipality. Dr Amandu says the contest will be rolled out in all the remaining districts and compete to the regional level. While declaring the winners of the Arua contest, Wadri Sam Nyakua, the LC V chairperson encouraged all couples in the district to emulate the six contenders if the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV/Aids is to become a reality.
The First Lady Janet Museveni who was chief guest asked Adrakaru to rally other women behind her so that their husbands can get actively involved in reproductive health issues. Adrakaru promised to work hard with her husband to promote the program in Arivu Sub Co