By George Busiinge
China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) an oil company that was awarded a production license for the Kingfisher oil field in Kyangwali sub county, Kikuube district has embarked on an HIV/AIDS sensitization campaign in the oil rich Albertine region.
The oil company has partnered with Kitara Heritage Development Initiative and they will conduct the sensitization campaign in areas affected by the feeder oil pipeline from Buhuuka in Kikuube district to Kabaale in Buseruka sub-county, Hoima district.
Speaking during a sensitization meeting at Nsonga landing site, Ms. Aminah Bukenya the CNOOC spokesperson says the program comes at a time when there is an anticipated influx of people due to oil activities.
She noted under this program, they are to supply and establish condom banks, testing and counseling services, training of VHTs and sensitizing locals on HIV/AIDS through drama.
Meanwhile, Mr. Innocent Ahaisibwe, the in-charge Buhuka health center III say over 500 people have been tested so far under the campaign adding that they are targeting over 1500 people. He adds that the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Buhuka parish stands at 8.5 percent compared to 6.3 percent nationally.
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