The Anti-retroviral treatment-ART Clinic at Bwera General Hospital in Kasese District is struggling to offer services due to a shortage of space.
The facility is currently sharing part of the facility to offer HIV/AIDS services.
Kule Isemaleka, the ART Clinic Head says for a long time, they have been operating without adequate structures despite offering a service that requires privacy. He says despite the numbers, the facility’s waiting room that can only accommodate 10 clients is always crowded.
Isemaleka adds that they received therapy materials for children, but the facility has lacked space where they can be installed for children to play as they await services.
Isemaleka notes that due to lack of privacy caused by limited space, some clients have lately been missing abandoning treatment. He notes that the clinic also doesn’t have means of transport to reach out to clients in their homes.
He wants the government and development partners to help in the construction of an HIV care center that can also offer HIV adolescent services in the hospital and the district.Dr. Michael Juma working with Baylor-Uganda says they are supporting HIV clinics to start giving clients long-term drug refills. He says that doesn’t only help with challenges such as space, but it also makes patients be in control of their own lives.Dr. Yusuf Baseka, the Kasese DHO argues that bulk refills to patients with a stable viral load can address the challenges of space but also advises clinics to schedule different return days for clients.