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Five People Living With HIV In Amuru Starve To Death

At least five people living with HIV/Aids in Pabbo Town Council in Amuru have starved to death due to lack of food occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The latest victim, aged 64, died on August 20, after going days without food. The male victim condition deteriorated over a month ago before he passed on.

On Tuesday, nongovernmental organisations working in the district supported 50 people living with HIV/Aids with relief food items including posho, beans and cooking oil.

According to a report by Oyab-Wang People Living With HIV/Aids Association, an umbrella that brings together people living with HIV/Aids, since the lockdown announced by government to curb the spread of Coronavirus in March, five people have since died of starvation.

Some members of the association have since abandoned ART treatment due to lack of food. Meanwhile others have developed stroke and opportunistic infections due to poor diet.

Bosco Opiro, the Secretary of the association described the situation among its members as alarming.

In June, Geoffrey Osborne Oceng, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner (DRDC) Amuru said they have since written to Office of Prime Minister (OPM) seeking for support for people living with HIV/Aids.

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