The wife to the president of the Republic of Uganda, Mrs Janet Museveni has said that the Ministry of Health in Uganda should train a workforce to provide conducive environment for provision of services to HIV mothers and HIV exposed babies.
Mrs Museveni observes that provision of these services demands that the infrastructure, equipment, drugs and other medical supplies required are available at the health centres.
She says that the National Medial Stores and its users must work out a mechanism for ensuring that items such as equipment, drugs and other medical supplies are in place where the HIV positive mother and the exposed baby need to use them.
The First Lady, who is also the Minister for Karamoja Affairs further calls on stakeholders to invest in maternity services…ante-natal care, delivery, post-natal care, and laboratory infrastructure and also beef up community support structures.
“Uganda must invest heavily in maternal health services. Waiting places close to health facilities should be provided for mothers and HIV exposed babies, “she says.
Uganda still witnesses pockets of stigma and discrimination at family and community levels which may pose a potential setback to collective efforts against HIV.