Medics have identified the absence of a proper tracking mechanism for people who have tested positive to HIV and those on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) as major bottlenecks in the effective management of HIV in Uganda.
They are equally concerned that various HIV/AIDs service providers are operating in isolation, which sometimes results in duplication of services on clients.
Often, HIV/AIDs patients visit more than one Health Center for the same service, a move which cannot be stopped in the absence of a tracking mechanism.
But Dr Nelson Musoba, the Director General of Uganda AIDS Commission says they are developing a tracking mechanism that will help address the lapse, by having the people’s National Identification details interlinked to the HIV central referral system for proper follow-ups.
Dr Musoba explains that the considered mechanism will also create a unique identifier where patients are given special cards and unique codes upon which they can effectively be traced by all healthcare service providers.
According to him, the process will also help build the most reliable data bank of HIV patients and ensure that the available ARV drugs are not misused, to eliminate shortages.