Around 95 people have been tested for HIV in Soroti, eastern Uganda during a belated Golden Jubilee Independence Day celebration – but the number tested was less than expected.
Betty Galiwa, the prevention officer at AIDS Information Centre (AIC), said that out of the 300 people targeted only 95 came to Soroti sports ground to be tested. She blamed the low turn out on the rains, which interfered with the coming of most people.
According to Galiwa, those targeted were people from busy working class communities as well as those who had expressed a need for voluntary and testing services.
Last week alone, another 2000 people were tested in the areas of Moru Apesur, Pamba , Shooters Pub and Kichinjaji. This testing was also part of regional activities to mark the Golden Jubilee Independence Day in Soroti municipality.
The official Golden Jubilee took place on 9 October.